How long did you as a lateral take to study for 2nd bar?

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How long did you as a lateral take to study for 2nd bar?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:14 pm

2nd year switching markets. New V100 firm will give me 2 weeks off to study for the bar, already took in July 2015 the NYC bar, will I be able to pull off the new bar in 2 weeks or should I plan on studying ALOT while working?

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Re: How long did you as a lateral take to study for 2nd bar?

Postby koalatriste » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:57 pm

Anonymous User wrote:2nd year switching markets. New V100 firm will give me 2 weeks off to study for the bar, already took in July 2015 the NYC bar, will I be able to pull off the new bar in 2 weeks or should I plan on studying ALOT while working?


I had 3 weeks off to study for the California bar about 2.5 years after passing the NY bar. Was too busy with billable work to study before the 3 weeks off. Those 3 weeks were intensely miserable, but I passed. Several other laterals at my firm (V10) who also only studied during those 3 weeks off failed. A few people were able to take a week or two of vacation or unpaid leave to supplement what the firm gave them and all of those folks passed. FWIW, Fenwick and WSGR both give 6 weeks paid leave to study for the CA bar.

IMO, unless you're in a state with a ridiculously high pass rate (e.g., Mass or Illinois), 2 weeks is not enough. Power move seems to be starting at your lateral firm like a month and a half before the bar exam - folks who started in January and were then taking the February bar got basically zero work in January and were able to study just like during the workday throughout January.

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Re: How long did you as a lateral take to study for 2nd bar?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:01 pm

Awaiting results from February. I was given two weeks off and I'm nervous about passing.

Before my time off I began studying before work (5am) and would continue studying afterwards until midnight. If your practice is litigation heavy, you may be okay; however biglaw Corp may make it a steep relearning curve for Evidence, Crimson, CivPro if you aren't disciplined.



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