Reflecting on the 1L life

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

It’s hard to believe that I take my last final tomorrow and by the time you read this I will be done with my 1L, and likely so will you!

In addition to the thousands of pages I read, the notes I’ve taken, and papers written, I have learned so much more this past year than just about the law, but about myself and the way, I view the world. So, while this may be a tad cliché, here are the biggest takeaways from my life as a 1L.

I made the right choice.

It took forever for me to decide which school I was going to go to. I was caught up in rankings, prestige, and conflicted about where I wanted to practice. In May I still had multiple seat deposits down, and it wasn’t until I decided that I wanted to stay in Arizona to practice that my choice became clear.  Even though I was closer to a different law school, U of A made the most sense and I was pretty confident I would fit in well there. I am so grateful that I came to this school. It is 100% where I needed to be.

So 0Ls, if you’re stressing, worried about rankings my best advice is to visit schools, sit in on classes and talk to judges and lawyers in the area you want to practice. Their advice is what helped me decide to stay in Arizona and chose my school. If you’re in a similar position or just starting the process, get out there and speak to people in your legal community.

Friends Make Law School 1000 times better…

I honestly don’t know what I would have done this year without my group of friends at school. School is stressful, and sometimes, you can’t avoid outside life spilling over, and my friends have been there through excessive laughter and tears. I can’t thank them enough. Throughout the year I’ve become closer with different groups, ranging from my micro group, the “Fantastic 4”,  to my small section, “the couch crew,” and with others in classes this semester. Special shout out Kevhilanie and to my fellow Watchers of the Law… yep, we have a group that meets to watch the final season of GoT. Yep, I have turned into that person who uses nicknames for friend groups. This is what law school does to you.

I understand that some people approach law school like a lone wolf, and I get it. Law school is as competitive, and you can make it even more competitive if you want to. But law school is also a community. Not only are my classmates my friends, but they are also going to be my colleagues, and just like we support each other now, I am confident we will continue to do that throughout our careers.  At our orientation a Professor said, “Make friends, not enemies” and that advice guided me the entire year and will continue to guide me into my legal career.

I have embraced “It depends”…

Before starting school, I had always prided myself on being able to see “both sides” on most issues, or so I thought. Law school taught me that I was more closed minded than I realized. This has been perhaps the most significant way law school has changed me. I listen better. Through cases, class discussions, and lunchtime events, I have been exposed to more viewpoints than ever. Instead of being closed minded and holding my ground on issues I held dear, law school has taught me to be an even better listener, to see the other side of an issue and try to understand it through discussion. Sure, some of my core ideas haven’t changed, but I feel much more understanding of the views of others and why they have them. So now when someone asks my opinion on something, I realize… it depends.

It’s been great sharing the @The1LLife with you, and I look forward to seeing you all @The2LLife next Fall!

Quotes to get you Through Finals

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GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Motivational Quotes

My Littleton fellow in 1L (a type of student teacher and mentor at my school) began our first class by having each of us say one motivational quote. When 1L exams came around our “class mom” printed the quotes and gave one to each of us as motivation to make it through finals. Since 1L I’ve learned that sometimes you really do just need that little extra motivation to get you through.

With that in mind, here are some motivational quotes to get you through finals! Write them on your mirror as a reminder, text them to a friend in law school as a pick me up, or use them as a catchy caption for your finals Instagram posts.

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere 
with what you can do”
—John Wooden
“There’s a light at the end of every tunnel”
—Ada Adams
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. 
The most certain way to succeed is always 
to try just one more time”
—Thomas A. Edison
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination 
if you’re going to go to  bed with satisfaction”
—George Lorimer
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. 
You have exactly the same number of hours per day 
that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, 
Michelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, 
Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein”
—H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“Your positive action combined with 
positive thinking results in success”
—Shiv Khera
“The best way to finish an unpleasant
task is to get started”
—Anonymous
“School is tough, but so are you”
—Anonymous
“Don’t stress, do your best and forget the rest”
—Tony Horton
“You are so close to the victory, don’t you 
dare give up now”
—Anonymous
“If you believe in yourself anything is possible”
—Miley C

Tips to tackle different Law School Exam types for 1Ls

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GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

I just took my 6th law school exam and my second one for this semester, and so far all of them have been slightly different. Here is an explanation of the different types and some tips to help you prepare.

Closed Book, with maybe an Open Code Book

Essay 3-4 hours

For this type of exam, still create an outline, but memorize it. You might get to use your code book so integrate that into your outline. Also, tabs are your best friend here. You don’t want to waste time flipping through a codebook when you just could have tabbed it. Also check with your professor about what, if any notes you can have in the codebook. The key here is to take a lot of practice exams. If your teacher doesn’t provide them, go online to find some and check out the 1L Mastery  Course from BarBri.

Open Book, Open Notes

Essay 3-4 hours

Here, you can use your book, but it’s unlikely you will ever use it, unlike the codebook in the previous example. Your notes and outline are the most useful thing here. If your school allows it, try to pre-write the rules like you might on the exam and have them in your outline. Double check with your professor if this is ok. All of mine were fine with this, just no copy and pasting into Exam4, which is our test-taking software. The thing is here, make sure you have gone through your outline a lot. As a general note, you want all of your outlines done a few weeks before finals, and if you update them weekly, you can get there. Doing this will also help you create an attack or checklist outline.

Open Universe

Essay and/or Multiple Choice 3-4 hours

These types of tests can be dangerous. I say this because of their “open nature” first because its “open” the professors usually require a more developed answer, because of all of the tools available to you, including the internet. It is also “dangerous” because it can provide a false sense of security, as you may feel like if you’re not 100% on something “you can just look it up.” Let me be the first to tell you this is a TRAP. Sure, looking something up can be helpful, but it can also be a time suck! Beware and prepare like you would for a typical open book/note exam. Anything out in the universe is just a bonus.

Open Universe, Take Home

8 hours within a 24 hour

WOW… I liked this exam type. I felt like I did well because of the time given and my level of preparation. Oddly because I had so much information available, I seemed to have reviewed everything more carefully while preparing for the exam. During the exam, I actually had time to look at my full outline and confirm questions or ambiguities in my notes with the textbook. It was a luxury, that 2Ls seem to know well and then I realized… if I feel this way, so must everyone else…. Oh no…  who knows where I will land on the curve because of this.  My tips for taking this type of exam? Think of all of the resources you have like one big very comprehensive outline and figure out the best way for you to use them to create the most well-developed answer properly. Plus practice using everything together. If you don’t have a good planned, you might get overwhelmed and distracted during the test, and then those 8 hours just became 4. Also, think about when the best time for you to take the exam. Some people think better in the morning, others in the evening. Also consider when you’ll want food and any breaks you need., 8 hours is a long time to be hungry…

Best of luck on finals my fellow #1Ls! As always, if you have any tips reach out over @The1LLife on Twitter or Instagram.

Final 3L Exams: The Ultimate Roadblock to Graduation

Guest blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

We’re down to our final 3L exams!!

3 weeks till graduation!!!

Anybody else counting?

I’m so ready to walk across the stage, get hooded, take a few pics with my family and friends and then…go home to take a nap. Ha!

Classes are starting to become a REAL “drag.” Sometimes I literally have to get up and leave the classroom for a second. It’s almost as if I get restless or anxious, especially during my evening classes…particularly the evening class that ends at 5:15. *facepalm*

Nonetheless, we’re so close, yet so far away. The only thing that’s blocking us from that monumental day is… our final EXAMS!

It’s our last hurrah with final exams and, as much as we may want to, we just can’t slack up. We have to go at these exams with the same tenacious spirit that we attacked all of the other exams that got us to this point. We have to dot every “i” and cross every “t.” How terrible would it be to get this close to the finish line and trip up on something as “small” as a final exam?

That being said, FINISH STRONG! Keep going, graduation is just around the river bend!! Then it’ll be the big kahuna…the bar exam, but we’ll just cross that bridge when we get there!

Dating in Law School … is it Possible?

GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Dating in Law School? Are you Serious?

Law school has a reputation for being the place where love comes to die.

In general, law students are notorious for being strapped for time, overflowing with stress, and unreliable when it comes to social commitments. Obviously, 1L is the worst when it comes to juggling your academic and professional responsibilities with a relationship, and the general ‘proceed with caution’ warning for 1L relationships is pretty spot on; but many law students still question whether a relationship is feasible in 2L or 3L.

As an upperclassman, you have moderately more time, or maybe it’s just less pressure, which lends itself well to dating. At the same time, we’ve all heard familiar warnings: “don’t date someone in your friend group;” “don’t date someone in the law school at all;” or the classic “just don’t date while in law school.” What truth if any rests in these warnings? Better yet, what are the pros and cons of dating as a law student … or dating a law student?

First off I believe there are three important divisions when it comes to law school dating:

  1. beginning a relationship in law school, versus maintaining a pre-existing relationship;
  2. dating a law-student versus a non-law student; and
  3. committed/exclusive dating in law school, versus more casual dating.

When it comes to maintaining a pre-existing relationship in law school I think it really depends on the circumstance of the relationship – i.e. are you long distance, married, long-term, short-term, are they a student, a professional, etc. However, as a general rule of thumb, if your relationship survived 1L it probably stands to reason that law school won’t be what ends the relationship (if it ends).

With that said, after entering law school, most dating concerns regard beginning a relationship in law school. It’s here that I think the second and third division really come into play. So let’s dive in!

Dating a fellow law student has both its advantages and its drawbacks.

Generally speaking, a law student will better understand your life; they know when the busy times are, what the stress is like, and likely share some similar interests. If the individual goes to the same school as you then you have some added “scheduling” benefits – for instance, instead of having to arrange a specific time to go to dinner outside of school hours, you can grab a quick 15 minute lunch together in between classes, chat during your breaks, or study together in the library. Essentially, with a law student at your school, you get more face time without necessarily having to sacrifice your class/study time.

Remember though, that facetime perk can work against you when you’re in a fight, or if things end poorly since it means you’re going to have to see them and, to some extent, interact with them. Likewise, dating someone at your school is bound to attract some level of attention amongst your peers, so if you like your privacy this may not be the route for you. Finally, dating someone at your law school, or a law student generally, may just be too much law school.

By the same token, dating a non-law student has its perks and downfalls as well.

Most obviously, dating outside of the law school lets you separate your personal life from your academic/professional life. You don’t run the same risk of delving into crim con pro, or reminiscing about those 1L civil procedure cases. A non-law student can help ground you, and remind you that there is an outside world. At the same time, a non-law student may not understand the commitment level that law school entails, which may result in them pushing you to give more than you are able. Likewise, you may find it hard to relate to non-law students, since they likely won’t understand your fascination with SCOTUS cases, or nerdy legal subjects.

Law student versus non-law student aside, another sincere debate involves committed versus casual dating.

Obviously, given the strain of law school, casual dating is technically easier. You don’t need to worry so much about being selfish when it comes to prioritizing your school and other time commitments. You still get the benefit of companionship. Though, casual dating, especially within the law school, can result in added stress if you’re not fully prepared to be non-exclusive.

Likewise, casual dating can lead to drama – in the case of internal law school dating, just remember someday your peers will be your professional connections; you likely don’t want to be remembered at alumni events as the classmate who spent fall semester hooking up with Jess from section 2 only to throw a fit at bar review and spend the rest of the week crying and/or arguing in the hallway. Finally, casual relationships can be financially burdensome since they often require you to eat out, take Ubers, and pay for other date related expenses.

Committed dating, on the other hand, can be seen as somewhat more difficult.

You really need to commit to balancing law school and your relationship. Though your partner should understand that law school is a top priority, you also can’t be completely selfish.  After all, you’re a unit. The security of a committed relationship is nice since stability for some law students is hard to come by. Unlike many casual relationships, in a healthy and stable relationship, you’ll benefit from having someone to rely on emotionally and beyond. That emotional support can be paramount in keeping your mental health at a good level throughout law school.

On the other hand, committed relationships take time and energy that you may not have to give. Jealousy can be a real factor, especially if your relationship is long-distance. And while you shouldn’t plan for a break-up, it’s probably good to note that a committed relationship ending generally hits harder than a casual relationship ending. Finally, entering into a committed relationship in law school may result in you having to rethink your post-graduation plans, since your partner may not want, or be able to go to your desired city/country.

That’s all a longwinded way of saying, dating in law school is certainly possible … it just may not be for you, or what you’re used to. However, if I could offer some limited advice on dating in law school it would be the following:

  1. Be reasonable, know yourself and what you can and can’t handle. Don’t compromise that just because of the law school culture and norms.
  2. Know what you want and seek clarity from others. If you want to be casual then make that clear so you don’t end up saddled with unnecessary drama. If you want commitment, but don’t have it yet, ask. Don’t stress yourself out and inadvertently relocate time and energy that should be devoted to your studies.
  3. Try to keep your dating life and academic life separate, especially if you date within the law school – not to say you don’t bring your person around, just have some level of division. For instance, don’t register for a class just because your current fling or partner is taking it if you’re not otherwise interested in the topic; don’t pick your post-graduation job or city based on someone unless the relationship is sufficiently serious to warrant it; and don’t let your relationship drama becomes the talk of the town within the walls of your school.

Approaching the 1L Finish Line

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Yesterday I attended my last day of scheduled classes. My 1L year is over… well, almost… actually not even close. There is still so much to do. I still have 5 finals, and the law review write on to complete. I am sure you are in a similar situation. Here are some tips to make the most of our final weeks as 1Ls.

Take Advantage of Wellness Week Offerings

At my school, the SBA had many fun events to help us relax a bit before reading work began. We had a ping pong tournament (yes, we have a ping pong room at my school), yoga classes, and more. At my friend’s school they brought in puppies and kittens, and they will have breakfast provided for them each day next week! Whatever your school does, enjoy it! Also, beyond that…

Take Care of Yourself

It’s time for some serious self-care too. You need to be ready for finals and have the energy to make it all the way to the end. Last semester, I only had 3 finals; this semester, I have 5. Yes, 5! I have finals for Legal Writing, where I have to write a closed research memo in 8 hours, an 8 hour take-home final for Criminal Procedure, with strict word count limits, an open note exam for Constitutional Law, an open universe multiple choice test for Business Organizations, and I finish with an open universe Property exam. Whew. Some self-care is essential right now, I went to a concert with some friends on Monday and to be honest, that was the BEST thing I could have done. I left feeling great and ready for finals. Do whatever makes you happy. Go for a hike, cook, get out your coloring book, knit, listen to music, or go for a run. Whatever it is, whatever you do for self-care, make time for it.

Make the Most of the Reading Period

Some people like to schedule their study time according to the credit value of the class, and others want to work on classes they feel they struggle in the most, and some focus on their best subject matter. You know what works best for you. Don’t get distracted or think that because you are doing things differently than others you have to make a change. If you had great results last semester, stick to that plan. If you decided to change things up, have confidence in your choice and stick to it! For me, one thing I did NOT do a good job of was memorizing my outline and creating an attack outline. This semester my outlines are done, and as I do practice problem, I am making a note of the items I use most AND missed to create a good attack outline. Take advantage of office hours and any review sessions being offered too.

Appreciate How Far You’ve Come

I know, I know, super cliché, but seriously. We all need to give ourselves a round of applause. We’ve nearly made it to the end, just a few more steps and we are 2Ls. Think not only about everything we have learned but also about how we perceive things differently now. I can say that before starting law school there were some topics I thought of as very black and white, and now all I can see is the full spectrum of options. I have moved entirely from “Yes” or “No” to fully embracing “it depends” because it is true! It’s incredible to think about how much we have changed already!

Good luck on Finals everyone, we’ve got this! Feel free to reach out on the @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram with your favorite tips to finish the semester strong!

3L Job Search

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Guest blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

How is your job search going?

So, graduation is just around the corner which means we’re one step closer to finals, which is one step closer to the bar exam, which is one step closer to an actual job.

If you’re like me, you came to law school right after undergraduate school and went to undergrad right after high school. We’ve literally been “students” for the past 24-odd years which means…our first “adult” jobs are awaiting us.

I’ve heard so many stories of individuals trying so hard to land that perfect first “attorney” job.

Here are 5 pieces of advice I’ve received about the job search process.

  1. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the attorneys in your area bar association.
  2. Apply for the jobs you like and the jobs you don’t like.
  3. Have your resume ready to send. You never know who you might meet in an elevator.
  4. If multiple companies/offices are courting you, be upfront.
  5. Know how much your worth. ($$$)

I’m by no means an expert, as I haven’t solidified my post-grad plans either, but I’m finding those little nuggets rather helpful.

Everyone’s journey to landing the perfect first job is different, but hopefully, those little bits help you like they’re helping me.

Surviving Finals as a 2L

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GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

How are you surviving finals? We’ve been here before, we faced these same exams in 1L, so we don’t need to stress … right? Likely not. Even though 1L grades are the most important for job security purposes (tack on first-semester 2L grades if you were aiming for a post-graduation clerkship) the nature of most law student personalities makes us aim for perfection.

The curve may be less harsh, or not in play at all, but we all still want to do the best we can. There’s also the added stress that 2L exams often differ from the stereotypical issue spotter exams introduced in 1L. For instance, in 2L you’re likely to have a combination of in-class issue spotter exams, lengthy multi-part take-home exams, papers, presentations, and/or group projects.

Considering the variety of exam options, how can we as 2L’s best prepare to ace these classes? This list isn’t exhaustive, and I’d love to hear what works best for you, but here are some ideas to help you towards finals success!

In-Class Issue Spotter Exam

Prepare like you’re a 1L! Find or create an outline that covers all the important parts of the course.  If your exam is open book, transform that outline into an attack sheet for maximum efficiency. Make use of flashcards for memorization. And most importantly, take practice exams to familiarize yourself with the exam style and to refamiliarize yourself with spotting issues quickly and accurately.

Lengthy Multi-Part Take Home Exam

Just because it’s a take-home exam doesn’t mean you can slack on studying. It just means you study in a different way. Again, find and print a good outline and attack sheet.  For take-home purposes, I also recommend that you add a table of contents to your outline so you can easily navigate it electronically. Tab your books and/or organization and label your electronic readings so you can get maximum use out of them during the exam. Finally, consider where you want to take the exam. If it’s outside of your house, try to reserve a spot to ensure there are no last minute hiccups.

Paper Finals

Organize your research within folders so you can easily find the article you’re looking for when you come to that part of the paper. When conducting your research create a working “thoughts” sheet where you include the source name, key facts, synopsis of the article, and how you plan to use the article. If the paper is lengthy, set a daily word or page count and stick to it … 30 pages seem less daunting when it’s broken up into 5 pages daily. Finally, try to finish your paper early so you can submit it for review either to your professor or to a trusted advisor if permitted.

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Presentations

If public speaking isn’t your strong suit then practice, practice, practice! Even if you are comfortable speaking publicly, you should still practice. For example, run through your presentation with someone else, and/or time yourself. Avoid the urge to actually script out what you want to say because you’ll end up reading directly from the page; if you do script out your speech, make sure to memorize it to best avoid the reading phenomenon. If required or allowed, make a professional looking presentation with Prezi or PowerPoint, for bonus points, print the slides and provided them to your professor. Finally, create a one-page points list for yourself that you can quickly reference during your presentation to remind yourself of key points and to keep yourself on track.

Group Projects

Likely the most dreaded form of final, after all, it requires you to trust someone other than yourself with your final grade. If you get to pick your group, avoid the urge to simply pick your friends. Instead pick your group members based on (a) trust, (b) participation in class, and (c) personality and work style. Distribute duties early on so there is no confusion over who is doing what. Set timelines for people to finish their portions. Make sure you leave a grace period between when group members will finish their portion, and when the project is due to ensure you have time to review and edit. On the note of editing, make sure one person is assigned to edit the entire piece, this will help ensure that the project appears cohesive instead of like 4 different parts. Finally, create a shared folder or Google doc so everyone can share their research/contributions with the group.

Just Generally

No matter what exam you have, remember to take a moment to breathe. As exam period approaches it’s easy to begin to feel overwhelmed and burnt out. Try your best to schedule breaks, even if that break is just one episode on Netflix. Remember that a healthy diet and adequate hydration is key to efficient brain capacity. So, don’t slack on the meal front. Likewise, a comfortable atmosphere will help you remain motivated and reduce stress. If you haven’t already, find your ideal study spot or exam taking spot! Finally, have something to look forward to post-exam period so you don’t get lost in the exam time stress.

Preparing for Your 1L Summer Position

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GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

We are in the last week of class, still need to work on outlines, take practice exams, and make sure everything is lined up for our summer positions. Whew… We can do this! While the summer job, still feels far off there are some things you can do now to help make sure everything is in line so you can start your 1L summer job with ease.

Complete Any Required Paperwork

This summer, I am working for a government agency, but they do not require the same level of background checks that my fellow classmates are enduring, so they have been very accommodating with my paperwork. Even though I have had had the position since March, they just reached out this week with all the forms I need and said to not worry about it all till after finals. All they wanted from me was to provide a start date and possible end date. I have been fortunate. A few of my fellow 1Ls are still trying to get everything figured out with their future employers before it becomes a distraction during finals. My advice is, if you haven’t heard from them yet, check in and make sure you know all of the requirements you have to meet or can meet those deadlines after finals.

1L Summer

Confirm Your Start Date

Most employers seem to be flexible, so do not over commit yourself to a tight start date deadline. Do not forget that we need to plan for finals, moving (in some cases), the write-on competition for law review and maybe a short vacation before starting our summer positions. You might also need a little bit of extra time if you are working an unpaid job and need to find a part-time position, so you have income over the summer, or if you are taking summer school classes. Be realistic, and set your start date accordingly. Also, if you need any time off during the summer, be sure to discuss that before starting.

Confirm the Dress Code

You do not want to show up every day in business suits if you are working in a casual work environment. You’ll make other people uncomfortable, and you might feel out of place. Likewise, you don’t want to be unprepared and wear the same suit every day because you don’t have the right wardrobe. See if you can visit the office before your start date so that you can get a good feel for the environment, and go shopping as needed.

Get Your LinkedIn in Order

Yes, you did this while you were applying for positions, but it’s time to add your first 1L summer job, and perhaps update your intro! We are about to be “rising 2Ls”. You will likely be networking a lot this summer and connecting on LinkedIn is an easy way to make these connections. After a brief talk, ask if you can add them on LinkedIn and then you can send them a quick thank you.

Talk to the 2/3Ls

I am going to Phoenix for my internship, as that is where I want to practice once I graduate. I discovered that a 2L worked at this office last summer and I asked her for details like the culture, dress code and asked her for recommendations about things I could do to the make the most of my summer experience. She was so helpful and provided me with a lot of useful information. Because of her advice, I feel even more confident in starting my position this summer. If there isn’t a person at your school, you can use LinkedIn to find people that had the role previously. Reach out and make a connection!

What other suggestions do you have for someone preparing to start their first legal internship? Let me know over at the @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram!

The Types of Bar-Preppers to Avoid on Social Media

GUEST BLOG by Ifeoma Ukwubiwe
Assistant District Attorney at Bronx Country District (New York City)
Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Class of 2015

I’m a big proponent of Social Media

If you’re anything like me and choose to keep your social media account active during bar prep, you’ll want to avoid these following Bar-Preppers:

“The Pessimist”
Misery loves company. So if you come across a Pessimist Bar-Prepper, “Unfollow” or “Unfriend.” The Pessimist Bar-Preppers are easy to come across. They are scared they will not pass the bar exam, and want you to be scared with them. They post things such as: “I’m going to fail the Bar Exam,” “I can’t do this,” and “I’m freaking out.” You do not need to subject yourself to their social media rants. You should just avoid them like the plague. Of course, we all have doubts about our abilities, but keep positive. You can do this as so many before us have.

“The Play-by-Player”
You know the excessive poster — you can’t miss them. They. post. all. the. time. And tell you every frickin’ thing they do or are not doing. Let me tell you this, there’s nothing worse than an excessive Bar-Preppers. They will tell you that they woke up and did 50 MBE Torts questions followed by a run in the park followed by 50 more torts questions followed by a contracts essay followed by… I’m sure you get the point. No moment of their Bar Prep life is too mundane for them to broadcast. “Unfollow” or “Unfriend.” Do you really have time to keep up with their daily schedules?

The Self-Promoter”
OK, so we’ve probably all posted at least once about some Bar Prep achievement. And sure, maybe your friends really do want to know that you got 21/25 correct on a Contracts Questions set. But when almost EVERY post is about how well you are doing in Bar Prep, you sound like a bragger. “Unfollow” or “Unfriend.” These Bar Preppers will have you doubting your own abilities and you will soon compare their success to your shortcomings. “Don’t compare your progress with that of others. We all need our own time to travel our own distance.” So if your only getting 15/25 correct, then work smarter to get your score up but do not compete with other students.

“The Complainer”
The Complainer is pretty self-explanatory: they are a pessimist through and through, complaining about every little thing about Bar Prep. Many of these people are passive aggressive sorts. Don’t let this person’s complaining get to you. Whether it be on social media or in person. “Unfollow” or “Unfriend.”

“The Cool One
I’m sure your wondering who “The Cool Bar-Prepper” is! Well, they are the folks who post pictures of themselves doing some fun activity with a hashtag or a caption describing the activity as their #BarPrep. You’ve seen them before, during final exam season posting about all the wine they’re drinking when they have 3 finals and a paper coming up. “Unfollow” or “Unfriend”

Hopefully this little rundown has opened your eyes to the various types of Bar Prep Social Media posters. Maybe this even brought you to an immense realization that YOU ARE one of these types of posters. If you had an epiphany, consider journaling them away!