Whether you’re in your first, second or third year here at Coastal, it’s not too early to start thinking about the bar exam. The Academic Success Team is here to assist you with all things bar prep. If you have questions about the bar application, one of our bar specialists will be happy to meet with you to discuss your individual issues. Each semester we host a bar open house for those students in their final semester. At this time, you can sign up to be paired with a bar coach after graduation and will have a chance to find out about the many bar prep services we offer to supplement your commercial bar course. The bar prep “season” is also the time when we really get to work one-on-one with you as you march toward success on the bar exam.
With the February exam just a week away, we’ve received a lot of feedback from our current bar-takers. One of the most common comments/observations heard is,
“I wish I had started paying attention/learning all this material earlier!”
I encourage you to learn from the experiences of your peers. Preparation for the bar exam, in any state, is a rigorous and downright exhausting experience. It is a necessary evil but it doesn’t have to be torture. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the subjects that are covered on the state bar you are interested in taking. If you’re not sure what subjects are tested, visit the BarBri website to find out. Select your desired state from the drop down menu on the right-hand side of the homepage to learn information about the bar exam, deadlines, applications, fees, etc. Once you know what subjects are tested, seek out some of them to add to your schedule here at Florida Coastal. Once you complete those classes and move on to your next semester, don’t flush all that information from your brain. Every little rule/detail you can remember now will make it that much easier to recall when you begin your post-graduation bar prep. At that point you only have about 8 weeks to re-learn and master 15+ subjects. Any extra work now can go a long way to easing that process later.
Please remember to come and see us in the Academic Success suite (580) if you have any questions or concerns about any bar related issues.