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Cramming and the Bar Exam

I have mentioned before that I am an interested reader of motivational authors. Another author whose work I respect is Stephen Covey. In his bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he compares diligence and true knowledge to cramming and false learning. Although the context in which he discusses these issues is not directly related to the bar exam, the discussion is relevant and inspirational:

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don't pay the price day in and day out, you never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind.

Did you ever consider how ridiculous it would be to try to cram on a farm – to forget to plant in the spring, play all summer and then cram in the fall to bring in the harvest? The farm is a natural system. The price must be paid and the process followed. You always reap what you sow; there is no shortcut.

And so it is with the bar exam. There is no way to cram for the bar exam at the last minute and pass. At least, no normal person can do it. Unless your super-humanity has been proven time and again, you should assume you are “normal” and study accordingly, with diligence and conscientiousness. I wish I could provide you with a Lazy Man's Guide to the Bar Exam, but no such shortcuts exist.

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