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Don't Panic! Ten Tips for Surviving the Bar Exam

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The Bar Exam is the last in a long line of hurdles you face when trying to become a licensed attorney — and it tends to be the one that trips the most people up. If you're planning on facing an upcoming Bar Exam, prepare yourself by following these tips.

You've taken the LSATs, gotten accepted to law school, worked through three years of grueling courses, and you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Except for one large hurdle that threatens to obliterate all illumination: The Bar Exam. That's right. The unfortunate cost of admission to practicing law is getting through the Bar Exam-two grueling eight hour days of multiple choice and essay questions.

Difficult as it is, there are several steps you can take to improve your perspective about taking the Bar Exam, and your chances of passing it. We've interviewed many who have taken and passed the Bar, as well as several Bar review course providers, and decanted their cumulative wisdom into ten worthwhile tips. Using these tips won't guarantee you'll pass the Bar, but they will improve your chances when the big day comes.

1. Don't panic!

That's the advice of Steve Levin, Senior Editor for Bar/Bri, one of the nation's largest bar review courses. Mr. Levin should know. He's taken and passed the exam in eight states. ''First, I think students need to put it in perspective,'' Levin suggests. Regarding the Multistate Exam, that part of the exam given in every jurisdiction, he says it's ''an extremely difficult exam, but remember that you can miss 70 questions out of the 200 and still pass.''

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