Working During Bar Prep

Due to the current circumstances in the world, my bar prep was postponed. This meant that I could study at about half the pace, which meant I had more time on my hands. Typically, working is not recommended during bar prep. However, I feel that because the bar exam was postponed, that rule changes a bit.

I met with one of my school’s career development counselors and they advised me to get a part-time job for the time being, so that I can continue sharpening my legal skills. Please note that this advice was given to me based on other personal plans and information I shared with the counselor. Based on the Barbri study plan, I decided to spend about 30 hours a week studying for the bar and 20 hours a week studying. Knowing this, I contacted people in my network for a temporary part-time position. Luckily, one of my former employers needed some help. I am so grateful for this opportunity because I was afraid that NO ONE would be hiring in this economy.

Currently, I am working Mondays, Tuesdays, and half days on Wednesdays. The later half of Wednesdays and full days from Thursday to Saturday are spent studying for the bar. So far, I like this schedule because I am not constantly switching my brain between my “work brain” and “bar brain”. I think that this keeps my mind from becoming too exhausted or overwhelmed.

In the end, do I recommend working during bar prep? No. However, if there are special circumstances like mine, then yes! If you have any questions or comments, go ahead and contact me.


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