Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

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cronous
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Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby cronous » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:31 pm

I live in the DC metro area and will be taking the Maryland Bar Exam in Baltimore this summer (about a 1 hour drive without traffic). Is it worth it to not reserve a hotel room and drive from my place both days of the exam?

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philosoraptor
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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby philosoraptor » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:40 pm

I will be doing the same, and I will be staying at a hotel. If your employer is paying for it, definitely do it; otherwise, a hotel is probably TCR depending on cost.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby Jsa725 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:43 pm

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby cronous » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:50 pm

philosoraptor wrote:I will be doing the same, and I will be staying at a hotel. If your employer is paying for it, definitely do it; otherwise, a hotel is probably TCR depending on cost.


Employer is giving both days as paid holidays (which is probably worth more). However, they are not paying for the hotel.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby indo » Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:03 pm

get a hotel room within walking distant to exam location.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:33 pm

Yes, and stay in one that has the breakfast card thing you fill out the night before so they deliver it to you at a set time. That way you get a good morning breakfast and don't have to fear sleeping through an alarm.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby Sheffield » Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:18 pm

Hard as it may seem try to go to sleep especially early, so you wake up on your own.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby jamman » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:07 pm

i got stuck in traffic the morning of the bar exam. I almost had a nervous breakdown. invest in a hotel.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby Bikeflip » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:54 pm

I did it for the LSAT. I'd do it for the bar, but I'll be like 15 min away by car, and the walk from the nearest hotel woud be 30 min.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby kalvano » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:02 am

How comfortable are in you hotels? I can never sleep in them, I hate them. So I plan to stay at home if at all possible.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby goaheadualright » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:05 am

Yes and if they have a spa get a massage this your day

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Sat May 24, 2014 4:34 pm

I'm thinking of staying in a hotel in Baltimore from July 28 to Aug 1 (want to check in the day before, and then maybe see the sights for like a day and a half after the exam). Would then fly out of BWI and vacation at home for a week.

Any recommendations on the hotels, or anything else?

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby worldtraveler » Sat May 24, 2014 6:13 pm

If you're taking an exam at a hotel, I wouldn't stay in that hotel. It's going to be a zoo of neurotic crazy people that will stress you out.

Find one across the street or something.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Sat May 24, 2014 9:30 pm

Absolutely get a hotel room. Get a nice one too, that brings you breakfast in the morning to your roon when you leave the little card hanging on your door. Extra insurance to make sure you get up, and you need that breakfast energy, its going to be the most stressful day of your life thus far.

And someone above said don't get the same hotel as others - meh, you will be walking to and from your room, you won't see anybody. There is a reason certain hotels are popular on exam day - proximity and quality service.

Don't cheap out. And if you aren't a good sleeper, get ambien, get familiar with it, and use it. I've said it before on here and I say it again - ambien was and is an amazing advantage for test time. I couldn't sleep naturally the night before a big test without it, and being able to walk into an exam fresh off 8 amazing deep hours of sleep - I swear, it earned me percentage points on exams.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby Dafaq » Sat May 24, 2014 11:34 pm

Glad I saw this thread. Getting a first class hotel room is a great idea. Plan on a good night's sleep and order a nice breakfast. I think I'll make reservations in the next day or two.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Sun May 25, 2014 12:40 am

I just realized, reading through this thread, that I gave the same advice like three weeks ago. I gain satisfaction knowing I've been consistent with my advice.

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Re: Should I stay at a hotel for the Bar Exam?

Postby kalvano » Sun May 25, 2014 1:29 am

I disagree with a hotel room, but mainly because I hate them and don't sleep well in them. If you're like that, stay at home.




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