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Douglas Whaley

How to Pass the Bar Exam, Part 2: Exam Day and Afterward

This is the conclusion of a two-part series on passing the bar exam.  You’ll find part 1 here. Taking the Bar Exam: Exam Day 1. Fill out the exam as instructed. When the starting signal is given, first set up your time schedule. DON’T MAKE MISTAKES ON THIS. 2. The Questions. There will be good … Read more >

Douglas Whaley

How To Pass the Bar Exam, Part 1: Pre-Exam Advice

Earlier in my teaching career I gave bar review lectures all over the country for a ten year period.  Thus I witnessed thousands of people facing bar exams, heard their concerns, gave them advice, and eventually developed a mini-lecture I threw into the mix containing my advice on taking bar exams.  That lecture, somewhat developed, … Read more >

Daria C. Awusah

Student Loans: Repayment Options (Part III)

Editor’s Note: The last in a three-part series, this article picks up right where Part II leaves off and concludes the discussion on student loan debt-borrowing and repayment. At this point, it is presumed that the reader has completed a legal education with the help of federal student loans and is ready to begin repayment. … Read more >

Karen J. Sneddon

In a Law School Rut?

When in a law school rut, use these techniques to reignite your enthusiasm for law school. Re-Read Your Law School Application. Revel in all of your past accomplishments. Inspire yourself by reading your personal statement. Remind yourself of the reason you wanted to come to law school in the first place. Visualize Yourself as a … Read more >

Stephanie Mann

Post Bartum Depression

After months of studying, the day of the bar examination finally arrives. Once you have finished the exam, all you can think about is celebration and sleep. After a couple of days of recovery, you start thinking about the next step in your life. If you are one of those lucky few to have a … Read more >

The Law Profs

Dear Law Prof: How Do I Decide What Classes to Take?

Dear Law Prof, I’m a 1L who has to sign up for classes for the fall of my 2L year and I just don’t know where to begin. I’m not yet sure what I want to do after law school. Are there any rules or guidelines that you usually give students in my position? – … Read more >

Daria C. Awusah

Student Loans: Just Begin Repaying It (Part II)

[Editor's Note: The second in a three-part series, this article picks up right where Part I leaves off and continues the discussion on student loan debt-borrowing and repayment. In the article below, it is presumed that the reader has borrowed FEDERAL student loan debt for the purpose of completing a legal education.] Recently, I shared … Read more >

Daria C. Awusah

Student Loans: Borrowing Decisions (Part I)

To date, how much interest have your student loans accumulated? Additionally, how much interest do you anticipate that your student loans will accumulate before you are able to pay the balance (principal and interest) in full? I urge every current and prospective borrower to take a moment to make this inquiry. Perhaps the answer to … Read more >

Sophie Dye Gayle

Five Secrets to Essay Success on the Bar Exam

You know everything there is to know about quorums. You’re an expert at constitutional standards of review.  You’ve got the Rule Against Perpetuities down cold (maybe…).* Now what? It’s not enough to simply parrot rules of law on the bar exam. You’ve got to show the examiners that you actually understand the rules and know … Read more >

Karen J. Sneddon

It Was the Best of Exams; It Was the Worst of Exams: How to Maximize the Learning Opportunities of First Semester Grades

The cold winds of January usher in a new semester. This may be an invigorating breeze of excitement or a bone-chilling gale of dread. The shine of newness has begun to rub off of law school. First semester grades are released. Jump-start your spring semester by reviewing your fall semester exams. It may seem like … Read more >