Bar Study Affirmations

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Congratulations Graduates!

It's graduation season. Law students across the country are donning purple draped hoods to memorialize the fulfillment of the juris doctor requirements. Family, friends, and loved ones journey from distant miles to witness and celebrate your accomplishment. As you rightfully relish in the glory...

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Focus on the Present

Today's bar study affirmation: Focus on the present. There is nothing you can do about the past. Bar results have been released in most states (although some are still waiting). If you found your name on the list, you are filled with joy but must move on to the next steps of your life. Maybe...

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Two Week Study Plan

Today's bar study affirmation: I have a plan for my success. There is still a lot of ground to cover before exam day. There never seems to be enough time to cover it all. No matter how early your started bar study, you may still feel like you are running out of time. But you have exactly enough...

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Facing Down Fear

Today's bar study affirmation: I am facing fear with nothing left. Whether it's your simulated exam score or disappointing performance on graded essays . . . it is about this point in bar study that the fear hits you: "I could actually fail this exam." What will I do? Will I lose my job offer?...

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Making Your Comeback

If we track the lives of great actors, athletes, political leaders, and other celebrities, we'll find some major comeback that catapulted their career success. Public figures who have mastered the art of the comeback transform their reputations and eradicate public recall of scandals, felonies,...

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Breaking Down Bar Study

No complex task is accomplished in one fell swoop. A football game is won over a series of four quarters; a tennis match is made up of two to three sets; and a national champion team emerges only after transcending multiple brackets. For an aspiring attorney, passing the bar exam is the single...

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Finding the Motivation to Begin Again

Bar study has begun. For some, it has begun again. With the commercial review courses in full swing, students wonder: Am I doing enough? First-time takers want to know how many hours should they spend studying and how many questions should they answer. The fear of failure is typically sufficient...

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Hit the "Ignore" Button

Today's bar study affirmation: Hit ignore. Career coach Michael Peggs gave this advice to business professionals facing criticism, "you can choose to listen to the skeptics, or hit the ignore button." Taylor Swift, in her own way, showed us how easy it is to shake off the haters. But that about...

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Focus on the Outcome

Today's bar study affirmation: Focus on the outcome, not the obstacles. Today's affirmation sends direction to keep your eyes on the prize and to not be distracted by any temporary setback. If the study rooms at school are too cold, wear a jacket wrap yourself in a blanket. If there are no seats...

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I gave up too much not to pass

Today's bar study affirmation is incomplete. I know I am going to pass the bar because I didn't give up _________________ to not be licensed. What have you given up, sacrificed, surrendered, lost, ignored, missed, put off for your bar study efforts? During bar study some of you got divorced,...

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