The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam Kindle Edition
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This author is a clinical law professor. He has many years of experience and insight into a wide variety of learners. He teaches bar prep at his law school, among other things, so he's used to dealing with a wide range of learners, especially law students who struggle with passing the bar exam. He's got mindset ideas common to most supplemental books. Yet, this book is leaps and bounds above those other books, in that he weaves attitude with performance skills. Through a series of very specific mini-examples and targeted skills exercises, the author takes the reader thru various essay and MPT traps he's seen over years of teaching. He points out the traps, and he also gives direction on strategies to avoid them. He gives targeted practice situations to work around those traps, and tools to self-evaluate your performance. This is unlike full essay work common to the bar prep programs, because the skills are short, allowing for your own level of repetition until mastery. The Zen tips are not as hokey as some of the mindset things in other books, and I found myself repeating them in my head a few times during the actual bar exam I passed.
This book is well worth your money and your time.
Chapter 3 is worth multiple reads. Do a general first read - no highlighting. Do a second read, working through the exercises on notebook paper. Do your third read as a target self-assessment. Repeat this process until you mastered it.
This author really knows his stuff, and passes it along in a concise book. He helped this reader frame the fuller professional bar prep systems into a more personalized system that works, and he helped me address my own mindset hurdles, something the commercial bar prep programs failed to address.
What I needed and got was both a Zen approach and a great surprise - some solid help on the MBE. I'm struggling in California and the approach helped immediately. My scores went up 10%.
I thank Professor Noreuil for taking the time and trouble to write this book and publish it. I even think I might sit on a cushion for a moment or two after my scores get up to 80%.
Josephine Gerrard Balakrishnan