Sunday, May 16, 2021
Congrats to everyone graduating across the country. Obtaining a J.D. is an amazing accomplishment. You should celebrate your victories, but for most of you, the J.D. is not your final hurdle. You still have 10 more weeks of preparation and one more test. Don't get distracted now. Finish strong on this last obstacle.
I know many students looked at their bar prep schedule and saw a little time before full time studying begins. My advice is to start bar prep early. Every major course pre-recorded all the lectures, so you can start the full course right after graduation. Don't wait until June. You need to study 400-500 billable hours. Spreading it over 10 weeks increases the likelihood of completing the work. You can also spend extra time on your weak areas later in bar prep if you are ahead.
I hope everyone enjoyed graduation. Congratulate yourself on your accomplishment. Also know, you have the grit to pass the bar. Most of you completed 3 semesters of school online or in a hybrid format. You experienced social upheaval while navigating a pandemic. You already overcame obstacles for the opportunity to take the bar exam. Seize your opportunity and finish the summer strong. Good luck!