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Can anyone help and share some ideas? I graduated JD 30 ye dsv82105/30/18
Hey I didn’t take Cali bar exam but I took another stat pam14505/31/18
Agree with Pam, positive self think is critical. I studied 1 becksquire05/31/18
Hi Pam and Becksquire, Thank you for providing me with th dsv82106/01/18
Have you ever taken a formal course of study, or has it alwa alphadog1506/02/18
dsv821 (May 30, 2018 - 8:47 pm)

Can anyone help and share some ideas? I graduated JD 30 years plus from a Ca State accredited school. I failed my 5th Bar Exams in 2015 on incomplete practice and self-study of 4 months. Since 2015, I have been using several supplements, CD Summaries, Bar Bri and other commercial review materials , and read and followed testimonials and study guides , trying to compare their varying approaches to find the common ground in their inconsistencies as I studied alone. I want to first re-study all the substantive laws, making my own outline for each subject, and practice after finishing each subject. I have no scheduled plan of the year, month, and week of self study but only to take my next Bar Exams when I feel I am prepared. After 3 years of studying, I have felt tired, confused, and started to doubt my approach of preparing for the California bar examinations. Like the past February and July of 2016, of 2017, and February 2018, I have no desire of taking this July 2018 exams. I feel completely not prepared, after only reading 2/3 of Tort's Law in a Flash by Emanuel , his Tort law Crunchtime, and outline. I am now 77 years old and have the need to exercise in the gym daily for strength and focus. Since the gym is an hour drive both ways, drive times for lunch, and Library another hour, I could only study 3 hours a day. I come home about 4 pm to have grocery and prepare dinner, and watch the news and movie to unwind, sleep at 9 pm, and wake up at 4 am to prepare food, gym at 8 am and 10:30 am at Library.

I will appreciate your advice at how I could go back to my regular routine of studying after feeling unproductive and off tracked for the last 3 months in my 3 years of self- preparation . Thank you and may your generosity return to you many times more in blessings. Best. Dsv821.

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pam145 (May 31, 2018 - 7:51 am)

Hey

I didn’t take Cali bar exam but I took another state and passed it.

I would suggest maybe working out at home to alleviate the 2 hour drive so you can study more. It would only be for a few weeks/2 months.

Have you also thought about hiring a tutor or taking a class? Ca bar exam is very difficult so without a tutor that knows the current law it can be very difficult I would imagine.

Also have you thought about going to a bar class? This too I believe is beneficial as most people take bar classes.

Also I know plenty of people that have failed the bar. It happens to people who will be successful (Hilary Clinton Michelle Obama) and others. So I would say you need to refocus your energy and tell yourself I WILL PASS

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becksquire (May 31, 2018 - 11:18 am)

Agree with Pam, positive self think is critical. I studied 10-12 hours a day for 2.5 months for California. Passed my first try, but was likely a bit over prepared. Critical factor was telling myself that I was going to pass, while being honest with myself, that it would only happen if I prepared enough.

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dsv821 (Jun 1, 2018 - 11:08 pm)

Hi Pam and Becksquire,

Thank you for providing me with the alternative remedies of increasing my study time, easing and speeding up the task of studying, and the overriding moral support you generously gave me. More blessings to you, God bless you, Pam and Becksquire. I also thank the founder of jd underground for wisely maintaining a rich ground for those of good will to be a light for others.

Best.
Daniel

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alphadog15 (Jun 2, 2018 - 11:10 am)

Have you ever taken a formal course of study, or has it always been self study? If you’ve only done self study and have failed 5 times then it sounds like you may lack the necessary discipline or focusfor self study, especially for the hardest bar exam in the country. I would highly suggest you invest in a formal bar review course, that is if you’re serious about passing. I passed my last two bar exams with self study (not CA) but it was extremely tough and now I’m onto jurisdiction No 3 with a formal course of study and it’s a heck of a lot easier.

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