Should I delay taking the bar?

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Should I delay taking the bar?

Postby ok2bedifferent » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:55 am

I wanted to get your opinion as to whether or not I should delay the bar. I feel both stressed and freaked out at the fact that I have only about 6 weeks left until the bar, but don't know if it's something I should really consider doing or whether it's what every other student in my position felt at the time.

My situation: I graduated from law school in May 2012 and have a full-time job that does not require a law degree or passing the bar. Due to my work requirements (and battling the flu for the past week and half), I have not been able to keep up with Barbri lectures, drills, and work assignments. I struggle to complete watching the lectures and have only do one practice essay so far, no MBE practice. I feel like the amount information is starting to snowball to a point where I will never be able to catch up.

Pros of postponing: More time to study; will have more vacation accrued to take off at least two months; less stress
Cons of postponing: Lose Barbri fee; lose bar fees; redo all lectures (since Barbri will have no lectures/material in the summer)

I know few go in feeling completely prepared, but I don't want to be someone who takes the same bar multiple times. Your advice/input is appreciated.
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Re: Should I delay taking the bar?

Postby dood » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:40 am

how much / what have u studied / invested timewise? and what state?

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Re: Should I delay taking the bar?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:57 am

What do you have to lose by taking it? If you don't take it, you definitely won't pass. If you do take it, and you fail, you're not really any worse off (and you might be able to get a sense of what your weaker areas are).

Also, Barbri's pace is impossible to maintain. They work by making people freak out about how much work they have to do, panic, and then when people pass, they praise Barbri! It's dumb. You can do enough prep in 6 weeks - personally, I'd skip the lectures, read the CMR, and start drilling MBE prep. But in any case, 6 weeks should be enough time (depending on what you can take away from work, of course).

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