Friday, May 24, 2013

Bar Exam Preparation – May’s Subject of the Month

Congratulations to all our students who have completed their legal education and will be graduating on May 26th!  We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished.

In the interest of supporting you as you prepare to sit for the Bar Exam at the end of July, we have a variety of current resources that may be useful to you, even before you begin any formal study program.

Our very own Professor Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus has written a  comprehensive, practical, and enormously helpful guide to the bar exam, which is available to you in our library:



This book offers guidance on how to plan for your bar exam preparation while taking into consideration your lifestyle and your study goals.  It further de-constructs the bar exam and the bar review course for you, providing helpful tips on how to practice both the essay questions and the multiple choice questions that you will face on the bar exam.  There’s even advice on what to do when it’s all over.


For those of you who are sitting for the New York Bar Exam, Professors Myra E. Berman, Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, & John J. Cooney have written an incredibly helpful resource that will help you prepare for that bar exam, which is available to you in our library:


As is stated in its description, this book "tells you how to pass the bar exam."  Every issue tested on the New York bar exam since 2001 is identified in a concise chart, together with the frequency with which it was tested and a rule of law for the issue. This guide is a must for learning how to successfully pass the essay section of the New York Bar exam, as it provides step-by-step guidance for reading, outlining, and writing essays for the bar exam.

The Gould Law Librarians have prepared a LibGuide that provides an organized means of perusing the study aids available to you in our library.  For those of you who like to study on the go, we have lists of our West subscription study aids and Bar Exam prep apps that you may want to use.  We also have a page that links you to all of the print resources we have here in the library, both in the reserve room and in the main collection.

You may also want to check out these online articles, which offer useful tips about preparing to study for the bar exam in a way that makes your studying work for you:

•    12 Tips for a Successful Bar Exam. Retrieved from on May 13, 2013 (written by S. Gainen on 5/17/11).

•    Ten Tips for Passing the Bar Exam | Cutting Edge Retrieved from on May 13, 2013 (written by J.K. Wright on 2/28/09).

We wish you all the best as you prepare for the bar exam!

We’ll be back to post again next week with resources on taking care of yourself during this intense study period – the home stretch  before you are a practicing, professional attorney.

In the meantime, keep calm and read on.

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