Tuesday

Visualization Tools -- Video


I have written a lot about the importance of visualization in the past.  One important way to help you reach a goal through visualization is to visualize the end point of the journey to the goal.  In the case of the bar exam, the end point is being sworn in as an attorney.

UC Davis has been kind enough to post a video of the swearing-in ceremony for its graduates who passed the July 2010 California bar exam.  Unfortunately, I cannot embed it here, but you can get to the video by clicking this link:  http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/publications-broadcasts/special-events.html.  Once you are there, click on "Swearing - In To The Bar of the Class of 2010" and the video should start.  [If the 2010 ceremony is not enough, you can scroll down and view the swearing-in ceremonies for those who passed the 2007, 2008, and 2009 California bar exams as well.]

So, if you find a video that reminds you of the end point of a goal you are pursuing, be sure to bookmark it so you can go back and watch it when you need some help visualizing your ultimate success.

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Saturday

Lawyer Jokes

The best part is, the addendum to the cash offer is discriminatory on the basis of gender.


[Photo: Mike Willis]

Friday

Study It All: Lessons from a Bar Exam FUBAR


I went to lunch with a fellow associate yesterday.  She told me that one of her friends failed the July 2010 California bar exam.  She got her results and did fine on the essays and the performance test, but received a very low score on the MBE.  I expressed my sympathies, and asked if her friend knew what went wrong.  My colleague said, "Yes, she knows exactly what went wrong.  She didn't do any practice MBE questions."  Ouch!

It may be tempting to short-change MBE practice.  Once you study the MBE topics for the essay portion of the exam, you will have a good knowledge of the substantive law in those six areas. (Click here for my free MBE outlines.)  But, as I have written about before, the MBE is not primarily a test of your knowledge, but rather a test of how well you take tests.  The MBE questions are designed to force you into logic games and reading of tea leaves.  I think this is ridiculous and unfair, but until the bar examiners change how they do things, we have to adapt.

So, just make sure you do lots of MBE practice.  As you are probably well aware, you get MBE practice questions with BarBri, and can take preparation courses focused exclusively on the MBE, such as PMBR and Adaptibar [click here for $50 off Adaptibar].  You can also check out Steve Emanuel's highly-regarded Strategies and Tactics for the MBE.


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Monday

The Law of Attraction and the Bar Exam


There are a lot of gurus out there who talk about (and sell products related to) the Law of Attraction.  Typically, they sell the idea of learning how to attract wealth to yourself.  It seems, though, you can use the principles behind the Law of Attraction to help you pass the bar exam.

In brief, the Law of Attraction means that whatever you put into the universe will be reflected back to you.  In other words, whatever you think about the most or expect on the deepest level will come into your life.  So, if you are afraid of failing the bar exam and constantly worry on that fear, then it is more likely that you will fail.  [If such constant worries are a problem for you, see my post about conquering fear.]  On the other hand, if you believe you are destined to be a lawyer and will make a good lawyer, then it is more likely you will pass the bar exam because it is a required step on the road to becoming a lawyer.

One way to attract good things (like passing the bar exam) into your life is to practice positive visualization.  I have explained this process elsewhere and recommend that you incorporate visualization into your bar exam study plan.

Success!


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