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Elevate Your IRAC
I teach a 12-week online course for hard-working, driven JD grads who are serious about passing the bar exam. You'll learn how to study for the bar exam, communicate effectively in writing, and remove the roadblocks that are holding you back. These are the three essential areas you need to improve to finally pass the bar exam.
If you are reading this page, chances are you know you will make an excellent attorney if you could only pass the bar exam. This may be your second or third time taking the bar exam.
If you are like many who are prepping for the bar exam again, you may be doubting your ability to pass. And embarrassed because everyone around you is passing the bar, even those who only studied for 3 weeks.
Despite working hard, you may be frustrated because you keep falling short. You wonder when it will be your time to pass. You may be drained emotionally and physically. You may be feeling as if you can’t start living your life until you put the bar exam behind you.
If this has been your experience with the bar exam so far, you may want to keep reading because there is a better way to conquer the bar exam.
Are you wishing…
➜ Everyone would stop asking you, “How did it go on the bar?”
➜ You could feel confident and calm going into the exam.
➜ You could feel ready to tackle ANY bar exam essay and performance test.
➜ You could not run out of time on the essays and performance tests.
➜ You could celebrate with your family and friends that you passed the bar!
➜ You could come out of hiding, let go of the shame, and finally go back to having a social life!
➜ You could finally become the licensed attorney you’ve worked so hard to become.
➜ You could put the bar exam behind you once and for all and start living your life!
Hi! I’m Yohanna Romero Baca. I help JD grads who are struggling to pass the bar exam become licensed attorneys.
I passed the bar exam in 3 states after failing it the first time. I'm driven to share my learnings with struggling bar exam-takers so they too can conquer the bar exam and become the licensed attorney they dream of becoming.
If I’ve come to a singular purpose in my career, it’s to help JD grads communicate effectively in writing so they can boost their score on the written portion of the bar exam and pass. It’s the skill of helping JD grads find clarity and lose the rest. It’s giving them the power of good writing because in law and in life, it’s the power to change minds, to make a living, and sometimes to even save lives.
My dream is to help hundreds of JD grads elevate their IRAC so they can pass the bar exam and support themselves and their families as licensed attorneys.
THE BAR PREP SYSTEM IS FLAWED.
Statistics nationwide tell the same story. According to the NCBE, in 2019, only 58% of bar exam takers nationwide passed the bar exam. How can it be that so many are struggling to pass the bar exam even after successfully graduating from law school, completing bar prep courses, and spending hours on MBE apps with fancy algorithms?
It’s not your fault.
If you are like most individuals who are struggling to pass the bar exam, without even knowing it, you may be spending long hours doing things that don't get you closer to a passing score.
Whether you've tried to follow the bar prep course to a tee or make it your own, you may still not know how to properly study for the bar exam because no one has showed you how.
Additionally, bar prep courses don't provide the right guidance for the written portion of the exam. They give you model answers as a guide which does not translate into improving your own answers.
This is why many JD grads are struggling to pass the bar exam.
Without even knowing it, they end up focusing on things that won't actually help them get a passing score.
Your main bar prep course drops the ball when it comes to 50% of the bar exam.
This means YOU end up dropping the ball too without even knowing it.
I understand. It happened to me also.
If you don’t learn to study for the bar exam properly or how to improve your answers on the written portion, you end up leaving serious points on the table.
These very points can be the ones to get you a passing score.
Studying to understand the law and improving your answers on the written portion pays off.
If you study to understand the law, your score will improve on both the MBE and the essays. On the MBE, you will recognize the nuances in the law when you've boiled it down to two answers. On the essays, you will issue spot quickly and finish in the allotted time.
Improving your answers on the written portion of the bar exam pays off because there are just too many variables on the multiple-choice that are outside of your control. On the essays, you have the power to craft and draft a high-scoring answer.
It happened to me also.
After graduating from The George Washington School of Law, I signed up for one of the main bar prep courses. I followed it to a tee. Despite long hours studying, I did not pass the bar exam the first time. I was devastated and embarrassed. I didn’t understand where I had gone wrong.
This is when I realized I had to take matters into my own hands and do things differently. I knew I couldn’t do more of the same and expect different results.
✔ I changed the way I studied. I moved away from memorization and studied to understand the rules.
✔ I focused on improving my answers on the written portion.
✔ And I worked on removing the roadblocks that were holding me back.
My method worked so well that I went on to pass the bar exam in Maryland the next time around. Two years later, I used the method again to pass the bar exam in Florida. Two years after that, I used it again to pass the bar exam in Texas.
Now it’s the method the individuals I help are using to pass.
My coaching program was born out of my experience with the bar exam the first time. In this program, you will learn the ELEVATE YOUR IRAC method.
My promise to you is that after learning this method, you will improve your answers on the written portion to get a much-needed BOOST in your score on the essays and performance test so that you can finally pass the bar exam.
IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY EARNING THE MOST POINTS ON THE ESSAYS AND PERFORMANCE TEST, THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU.
It is the best supplement to everything you are doing to prepare for the MBE's.
After completing this program…
➜ “How did it go on the bar?” will no longer be a question you hate to hear!
➜ You will easily show bar exam graders you are ready to go out into the world as a practicing attorney.
➜ You will have the confidence you need going into the exam.
➜ You will feel ready to tackle ANY bar exam essay and performance test bar examiners throw your way.
➜ You won’t be running out of time on the essays and performance tests.
➜ You will celebrate with your family and friends that you passed the bar!
➜ You will come out of hiding, let go of the shame, and finally go back to having a social life!
➜ You will finally pass the bar exam so that you can become the licensed attorney you’ve worked so hard to become.
➜ You will put the bar exam behind you once and for all!
➜ You will start living your life!
If you are struggling to pass the bar exam, book a 15-minute Strategy Session.
I only have 5 SPOTS OPEN for the February 2022 bar exam.
If you are wondering if this method will work for you, I get it. But is doing more of the same and expecting different results the best strategy?
Check out how it worked for Angie R. who in 2020 was struggling to pass the Massachusetts bar exam.
Before working with Angie, she too was doubting her ability to pass and unsure if this was the best method for her. She had tried it all. Now, she is one of the biggest fans of the Elevate Your IRAC method. She passed the October 2020 Massachusetts bar exam by changing the way she was studying and by boosting her score on the essays and performance test. In fact, she even started applying everything she learned to her assignments at work and received two promotions while studying for the bar exam. She was recently offered an attorney position in the in-house counsel department where she's worked all along. She felt so confident and calm that she even became certified to teach Zumba a few weeks before the bar exam!
Using this method, Sierra passed the July 2020 North Carolina and the February 2021 Hawai’i bar exam. She moved away from rote memorization and stopped ignoring the written portion of the bar exam. She shifted her focus to understanding the rules and the essays/performance tests where she had more control over her score. She wished she had learned the Elevate Your IRAC method sooner! In Sierra's words, "I was chasing rabbits on the MBEs when in fact, I was sitting on a pot of GOLD on the MEE and MPT." In the end, Sierra boosted her score by 12 points on the MBE and by 27 points on the written portion of the exam for a total score of 305 on the NC bar exam. She is now twice barred!
Are you thinking this is too difficult to learn? It is not. It is a simple method you can learn quickly to take your answers to another level. Plus, investing the time and effort it takes to learn it pays off because the written portion of the bar exam accounts for 50% of your score. If you keep leaving points on the table on each essay and performance test, you will continue as a struggling bar exam taker.
You have a choice. Will you continue to underperform on the written portion of the bar exam or will you improve your answers on the essays and performance tests so you can finally pass the bar exam?
What's included in the program?
The Program is a 12-week hybrid program where you will learn the 3-step Elevate Your IRAC method.
If you aren't already earning the most points on each essay and performance test, this course is for you.
It is the best way to supplement the hours you spend preparing for the MBE.
My promise to you is that after completing this program, you will impress bar exam graders with your answers and boost your score on the written portion of the bar exam so that you can stop falling short on points.
I am taking applications for the February 2022 bar exam. I will be guiding a small group of qualified individuals through a unique process to learn and implement the Elevate Your IRAC method.
The hybrid program consists of the following:
➜ One-on-one coaching with me
➜ Jumpstart Workshop
➜ Group coaching calls with me every week
➜ Detailed feedback on essays and performance tests
➜ Interactive studying with like-minded individuals going through the same experience (optional)
➜ Accountability to keep you on track
➜ Mindset coaching
I will guide you through the Elevate Your IRAC method as I've done with the students I've helped pass the bar exam.
I can't wait to get started.
During the 12 weeks, I will mentor and coach you to:
Get Crystal Clear on Your Study Method: During our 1:1 session, we will review your study schedule.
Start Removing Roadblocks That are Holding You Back: During the Jumpstart Workshop, you will learn tools to start removing the roadblocks that may be holding you back.
Elevate Your IRAC: This is where you will learn how to communicate effectively in writing to impress bar exam graders and maximize points.
Refine Your Answers to MPT's and Essays: This is where the magic happens. Every week, I will give you detailed feedback to practice essays and MPTs so you can Elevate Your IRAC to a new level. Each week will build on the previous week so that every week you are moving closer and closer to achieving your goal.
This is what Angie had to say...
“Thanks to Coach Yohanna's method, I was able to raise my score significantly on the essays and performance test and pass the Massachusetts bar exam! Going into the exam, I had a method to implement that yielded me high points. I went from dreading the essays and performance test to enjoying them! I recommend her method to anyone who is feeling stuck. The only regret you will have is not learning the method!”
Massachusetts bar exam, October 2020
Graduate of North Eastern University
“I used the Elevate Your IRAC method to pass two bar exams. On the first one, I increased my overall score by 38 points! On the MEE and MPT, I increased my score by 26 points! My MBE score also went up by 12 points and I passed the NC bar exam with a 305! Before coming across the Elevate Your IRAC method, I had tried several popular bar prep courses out in the market today. This is unlike any other because you actually improve your own answers with Yohanna's detailed feedback. The other courses gave me negative feedback or feedback that was too general. None of them showed me how to actually improve my own answers. After learning the Elevate Your IRAC method, it became clear why I had not passed the first time. I was not studying correctly since I had been focusing on memorization. I also did not have a roadmap to implement on the essays and performance test so my answers were all over. And I was not in the right frame of mind. This course is comprehensive. Don't waste 8 weeks doing things that don't work. Her method works.”
University of Hawai'i
North Carolina bar exam, July 2020 and Hawai'i bar exam February 2021
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long are the sessions?
The group sessions are once a week, 1 hour long. The Jumpstart Workshop is a two-day workshop (5 hours total).
How will I boost my score on the written portion of the bar exam?
You will learn what main bar prep courses don't show you how to do. You will learn how to study properly for the bar exam. You will learn a roadmap you can implement on every bar exam essay. You will learn how to issue spot. You will learn how to analyze facts. You will learn how to approach the performance tests so as to not run out of time. Every week, will build on the next so that by the end of the program you are ready to boost your score on exam day.
How do the Group Sessions work?
The Program is a hybrid method of bar exam coaching exclusively focused on the written portion of the bar exam. During the Group Sessions, you will learn the Elevate Your IRAC method - how to study properly, how to communicate effectively in writing, and how to work on your frame of mind.
How many students are in each session?
The Group Sessions are anywhere from 2-4 individuals.
Didn't I already learn how to IRAC in law school?
Yes! You did learn to IRAC in law school. In this program, you will learn to take your IRAC to new levels to get a boost in your score. With my feedback, you will see your answers improve week after week. By week 6, you will see a significant improvement in your answers. Towards the end of the 10-week program, I will barely need to provide feedback because your answers will already be transformed.
On what platform and the sessions conducted?
All video calls will be on Zoom. I will send you a link before our calls.
For which bar exam does this program work?
This program works for any bar exam but right now I focus on the UBE. (A program for JD grads taking the California bar exam is coming soon.)
BY THE END OF THE PROGRAM, YOU WILL FEEL...
More than ready and excited to tackle the ANY essay and performance test because you will have learned a method that can be implemented on any essay and performance test bar examiners throw your way.
Confident and calm on Day 1 of the bar exam because you will have a method for writing concise answers to bar exam essays and the performance tests that will yield high points.
Certain you are worthy of becoming the attorney you were meant to be.
Excited to see your name on the PASS list!