Bar Exam Panic: Everybody Does It

It’s OK To Panic, Everyone Does, You Will Be Fine.


Everybody Panics.  The Bar Exam, for better or worse, is the culmination of your legal education.  For most, it takes three years to get here.  For others, four or five years, just to get the opportunity to take the Bar Exam.  It is natural to feel the pressure leading up to the longest test of your life after so much hard work in law school.  Yes, you will panic, the creators of Efficient Bar Prep panicked, they passed the Bar Exam and so will you.

“Sometimes I wish that I could go into a time machine right now and just look at my self and say, ‘Calm down. Things are gonna be fine. Things are gonna be all great. Just relax.‘   Tristan Wilds

A quick story.  One creator of EBP had just completed his last exam and was going home, getting ready for graduation.  Sitting outside his door was a couple of boxes.   Now usually, as everyone does in the internet shopping world we live in, a smile forms on your face as you can’t wait to open your latest Amazon box.  However, his smile quickly soured.  The boxes, and these were large boxes, contained his bar prep course books, flashcards, and a few notebooks he had purchased for the Bar Exam.  If you are taking a bar prep course, you know the books we are talking about.  MEE prep book, MBE prep book, lecture notes, MBE questions book, MPT prep book, short-outline book, medium outline book, expanded outline book.  He sat down looking at those books thinking, “Oh My God”, I can’t pass this.  But he did and so can you.

At Efficient Bar Prep, we base our study methods and advice on logic.  Logically, you will pass for the following reasons:

  1.  Your here.  No, we are not being conceited and saying that we are the Bar Exam gods that will grant you a passing score.  Your here because you want to do everything you can to pass the Bar Exam.  That simple fact alone gives you a tremendous advantage.  Law schools are also panicking about more of their students failing the Bar Exam.  They have done studies to figure out why more people are failing.  Law schools have uncovered a startling fact.  The more you study for the Bar Exam, the more likely you will pass the Bar Exam.  Your here learning how to take the Bar Exam, doing thousands of practice MBE questions, simply working and studying hard.  This is the number one indicator of future success.
  2.  You passed law school and all you need to do is pass, not ace, the Bar Exam.  Whether you graduated with honors or with a 2.5 GPA, you would not be granted the opportunity to take the Bar Exam without taking and passing classes that contain the material the Bar Exam is based on.  All you are doing is passing another test, and even though it is far larger than any test you took in law school, it is just another test on the law.  In essence, the Bar Exam is just an accumulation of all those previous exams you have already taken and passed.  Your just doing it again.
  3. The majority of applicants will pass the Bar Exam and so will you.  63% of Bar Exam test takers past the July 2015 bar exam.  Essentially two-thirds of all Bar Exam applicants passed.
  4. You can miss 70, 80, possibly 90 of the MBE questions and still pass the Bar Exam.
  5. This studying process, this panic, this Bar Exam, is the same for every Bar Exam applicant.  You are not alone in what you are feeling, it will pass for you as it does for everyone else.
  6. Lastly, take a break.  If panic grips you, go to the movies, play a video game, play music, go to the gym, or just go for walk.  Giving yourself some time for rest and relaxation.  Don’t burn yourself out.  A few hours or a night away from studying will not cause you any harm and most likely will help you.

Just remember, everyone will have that PANIC moment.  It’s fine, it’s ok, it will pass.  Just “Keep Calm and Carry On”.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the forum and we will do our best to help.  You can also PM us if needed for anything.  Good Luck!