Coffee for the Bar Exam

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Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby Findedeux » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:24 am

Just curious how you guys are approaching coffee on the bar?

We can bring in liquid but we can't afford to go to the bathroom during the exam.

Are you guys drinking right when you wake up?

Caffeine pills?

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby clshopeful » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:33 am

Coffee right when I wake up (about 1.5 hour before exam), so caffeine is in me and I can go to the bathroom before I walk into the exam

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby BlackAndOrange84 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:12 pm

Depends or a catheter are the answer.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby b290 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:24 pm

Findedeux wrote:Just curious how you guys are approaching coffee on the bar?

We can bring in liquid but we can't afford to go to the bathroom during the exam.

Are you guys drinking right when you wake up?

Caffeine pills?

Are you saying you’re forbidden from using the bathroom (which I find hard to believe) or your preparation doesn’t allow for too many breaks?

When I did it, I made sure I was hydrated - that took care of what I needed. I had caffeine pills in case, but that was my “all else fails” option. I ended up using a couple on MBE Day (on the break after 160 - I got up after every 20) for the final push, but I could’ve pushed on without them.

My $.02

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby maiden42 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:59 pm

Coffee right when I wake up with eggs (5am). Take a short walk to get the blood flowing. Drive to testing Center.

Eat plain chicken breast for lunch, but not too much. Drink a little water right when lunch starts.
Repeat on Day 2.

If I have to pee during the exam, then I have to pee.

Pay close attention to the location of my seat and location of bathroom, make sure I pay attention when going to the bathrom so I don't forget where my seat is.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby justanotheruser » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:53 pm

I've failed multiple times, so I've had chances to try out different things.

One time, I brewed coffee really early (6 AM?) each morning. Think the caffeine wearing off and lunch made me a bit groggy for the afternoon session.

Another exam, I didn't have coffee in the morning, but I'd down an entire can of an energy or starbucks drink during lunch. I think this worked out a bit better. Think pure adrenaline carried me in the AM session and the lunchtime drink carried me in the PM session.

When I finally passed in 2/18 though, I don't think I had any caffeine.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby estefanchanning » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:57 pm

I swear I'm not joking, one of my friends wore an adult diaper.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby BlackAndOrange84 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:11 pm

estefanchanning wrote:I swear I'm not joking, one of my friends wore an adult diaper.


I was joking, but I admire your friend's commitment.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby estefanchanning » Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:12 pm

BlackAndOrange84 wrote:
estefanchanning wrote:I swear I'm not joking, one of my friends wore an adult diaper.


I was joking, but I admire your friend's commitment.


according to them, the worst part was the smell

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby fuuuuuuuuuu » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:45 am

I drank matcha iced tea at 5 a.m. in the morning (effects lasted longer through the AM session, but I imagine coffee will do just as well), then had a caffeine pill during lunch for the PM session that I had put in my jean pocket.

The first jurisdiction I took didn't allow pills of any sort into the testing area in the baggies we could bring in, so I did what I had to do... I plan to do the same for this time around. :twisted:

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby pfunkera » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:28 am

I cannot drink coffee without having the need to visit the restroom multiple times. Because of the bathroom policies, I had one vivarin about an hour before the exam with a little water. Had another vivarin pill cut in half in case i needed another or just a half at lunch. I think I took a half a pill each day at lunch. I avoided the bathroom for every session without issue which is a miracle for me.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby Law&coffee » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:25 pm

When I took the Texas bar, we weren't allowed to bring liquid in the exam room. I had coffee before the exam and I had cold coffee in my car to drink during the lunch break.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby hockeyman969 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:14 pm

On UBE in NY, I pounded 4 Starbucks double shots before each session, thankfully didn't need to leak during MPT, MEE felt better and went to the bathroom halfway through and finished in 2 hours (passed). Same with MBE.

Florida liquids forbidden nothing permitted, so point is moot.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby M_Law » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:25 pm

hockeyman969 wrote:On UBE in NY, I pounded 4 Starbucks double shots before each session, thankfully didn't need to leak during MPT, MEE felt better and went to the bathroom halfway through and finished in 2 hours (passed). Same with MBE.

Florida liquids forbidden nothing permitted, so point is moot.


For the NY UBE, I understand you could bring unwrapped candy, but are we allowed to chew gum or is that strictly prohibited?

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby nada123 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:38 pm

My strategy on exam day was get enough sleep (7-8 hours for me), have half a cup of black coffee at breakfast (6:30-7am), have another half cup at lunch if required. On the first day, i only had coffee at breakfast none needed at lunch. Second day i needed both. Only went toilet during the lunch break :D

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby Bd2727 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:17 pm

My first bar exam I used caffeine chocolate. I ate some as soon as my alarm clock went off. I practiced drinking only 1 starbucks double shot can before practice exam and did this for the actual bar exam. I never had to get up which I think is a huge advantage on MBE unless you are very fast. 1 more double shot can during the break.

Im taking my second state soon, and I'll probably do the same. I like macha, but I wouldn't want to risk stomach ache. Caffeine pills can be too sudden and intense IMO.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby rcharter1978 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:26 am

estefanchanning wrote:
BlackAndOrange84 wrote:
estefanchanning wrote:I swear I'm not joking, one of my friends wore an adult diaper.


I was joking, but I admire your friend's commitment.


according to them, the worst part was the smell


According to everyone in the world the worst part is the smell. Just pee in the bathroom if you gotta go. I cannot even imagine how terribly distracting it would be to sit in a cotton absorbed puddle of piss while you try to take an exam.

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby FinallyPassedTheBar » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:04 am

rcharter1978 wrote:
estefanchanning wrote:
BlackAndOrange84 wrote:
estefanchanning wrote:I swear I'm not joking, one of my friends wore an adult diaper.


I was joking, but I admire your friend's commitment.


according to them, the worst part was the smell


According to everyone in the world the worst part is the smell. Just pee in the bathroom if you gotta go. I cannot even imagine how terribly distracting it would be to sit in a cotton absorbed puddle of piss while you try to take an exam.



Maybe it was a #2 :shock:

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Re: Coffee for the Bar Exam

Postby els18 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:35 am

I took the Texas bar last July where you are not allowed to bring in any liquids. I drank two cups of coffee before the exam and then another at lunch. I used the bathroom once during each session and still finished every section with more than 15 minutes left. I was pretty far from the bathroom and worried about it a lot before the test began, but it wasn't an issue at all. I passed and didn't have to wear a diaper.



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