2L to 3L year: Time to plan you future

By Christie Weidemann, Esq.,
BARBRI Manager of Legal Education and Legal Education Advisor

So you are finally wrapping up your 2L year that, if you are like most students, was so busy you did not really have time to stop and think. Not to worry – that is what your 3L year is for.

You finally have this law school thing down and now it’s on to the rest of your life. In the midst of finishing up your classwork, 3L year is about figuring out where you want to live, where you want to work and, perhaps most importantly, where you can find a job.

START SOON ON THE BAR EXAM APPLICATION

You’re still handling school and extracurricular activities, and it is time to determine where you are going so you can register for the proper state’s bar exam by the deadline. Make sure you check your potential state(s) in the fall 3L semester to have plenty of time to complete the bar exam application. You don’t want to risk missing any deadlines.

GET THE MPRE OUT OF THE WAY

Another couple of things to add to your to-do list: take the November MPRE if you have not already and sign up for the free MPRE review course. I always advise against waiting until the spring MPRE because if you happen to miss the required score, you really do not to wait until August to take it again. At that point, you’d have to suffer through another test after just completing a bar exam.

LOCK IN YOUR BARBRI BAR REVIEW COURSE

Also, do not hesitate on registering for your BARBRI bar review course and taking advantage of a locked-in tuition rate. Once you are enrolled, you have time to figure out the logistics of the bar review course location to attend, as well as all the online bar review study resources available.

Despite everything you have going on, try to enjoy your last year of law school. You will not ever have this time back. For most graduating students, work will continue for the rest of your life. Remain in touch with the good friends you have made and soak in all the knowledge you are gaining while you have it!