Advice from Alumni
Comments from recent successful Seattle University School of Law Bar Exam takers:
"I must have completed 100 test questions. That was crucial for me. Also, my last 10 days were spent full time on test questions. I spent 300-400 hours to prepare - not to be under estimated or under respected. I found that I spent 200 - 250 hours just getting the outlines to where I wanted them. And there was no way I would have passed at that point. The learning did not really come until after that when I answered question after question. For subjects I was comfortable, with, I answered about 6 questions. Where I was not so comfortable I answered up to 15 questions. After each question, I would skim my outline and the sample answer to look for any other issue I missed. I also found that frequently the sample answer had errors or was far from complete or ideal. This was actually a benefit since it allowed me to skim my outlines to reinforce the law."
"For PR, there was no time to ponder or outline during the exam. You must be able to read and type for 2.5 hours - pure issue spotting."
"The practice essays helped me see the issues and memorize the law as I was applying it. I highly suggest doing as many practice essays as you can get your hands on."
"Letting my loved ones know that I was unavailable during Bar prep was really helpful for me. I was worried that my family and friends would interfere with my time to study but having explained to them in advance how busy I would be helped the situation. Now, they are so happy that it is over and proud that I was able to pass the first time."
"Having a 'formula' for each subject really helped me approach the essays during the exam. It helped me to remember issues and fill the page."
"I tried to stay away from the 'guess what they will test' game. I never looked at the breakdowns of what issues are tested frequently or recently, etc. I've never thought highly of that strategy. I'd rather just study the material and know that I'm prepared for whatever they throw at me."
"I underestimated the physical strain of the exam. I needed to ice my hand after writing each day. I also took a short nap before reviewing and having dinner."
"Do not leave Professional Responsibility to the last minute. It seems basic but it is a difficult exam to get through. I typed non-stop during the PR exam and left feeling like I failed. I guess all of my practice paid off because I passed. My advice is to take it just as seriously as the substantive exam!"
"Do not freak out if you are confused the first time you read the fact pattern. There was one essay that really worried me but I took a deep breath and slowed down. I reread the facts and then it became clear to me that it was an agency question. Bottom line, stay calm."
"Remember what works for you. Do not try to switch it up now. Do what works and know yourself."
"Trust in the process. You will be able to remember everything that you have been studying and you will get through the exam. It is hard work and stressful but it will come together in the end."