If you are here, you’re probably a JD grad serious about passing the bar exam.
Welcome to my site where I promise to talk to you straight about what it really takes to pass the bar exam.
I’m Yohanna Romero Baca. I help JD grads pass the bar exam so they can start making a living as licensed attorneys. I went from failing the bar exam to passing it in three states in a four-year time period. At the time, the Florida and Texas bar exams were some of the toughest in the nation. I am grateful for my bar exam journey (failing and all) because it made me the person I am today. The experience taught me to trust myself. It also taught me that I can overcome challenges no matter how hard they seem. A lesson that proved valuable all throughout my life.
Passing three bar exams gave me a unique perspective on what it really takes to pass the bar exam. Now I want to share my process with you so that you can pass the bar exam also, even if you’ve been struggling to pass for many years. Whether this is your first time taking the bar exam or your third, I’m glad you are here.
My 3-part framework was born out of my experience with the bar exam. I created a process that worked for me not once but three times. It is now the process my clients are using to raise their score on the bar exam by over 45 and even 55 points. It is not a magic pill solution. It works if you put in the work.
My dream is to help hundreds of JD grads see bar prep differently. Why? Because doing more of the same and expecting different results doesn’t work. My hope is that you up-level your bar prep and yourself in the process so you can pass the bar exam and go on to make a living and an impact in the world as a licensed attorney.
I live outside of Houston, TX with my husband, 9-year-old son, and Bailey the beagle. When I am not bar exam coaching, you can find me playing catch with my son. I live in a white t-shirt, jeans, and Hoka sneakers.
After graduating from the George Washington University School of Law, I did what every responsible recent JD grad would do – sign up for one of the main bar prep courses.
I followed the course to a tee. I attended every lecture, completed every handout, made my own flashcards, read and re-read my outlines. I did it all.
In July 2005, I took the Maryland bar exam. Despite completing my main bar prep course, I failed the bar exam the first time.
I was devastated. I felt I let my family and my boss down. I did not understand where I had gone wrong. This was the first time I had failed at anything in my life. After all, I was a hard-working and responsible individual. I had successfully graduated from a high-ranked liberal arts college and law school. There was no reason for me not to pass.
This is when I realized I had to take matters into my own hands. Everything changed for me when I realized I had not studied correctly despite completing my bar prep course. I also decided to shift my focus away from the MBE and leverage the written portion of the bar exam. Finally, I knew I had to work on my frame of mind because I had burned myself out in the process of preparing for the bar exam.
Out of this experience, my 3-part framework was born. It worked so well that I used it two years later to pass the bar exam in Florida and two years after that to pass the bar exam in Texas. I launched my career and spent 15 years in private practice where I continued to hone my writing skills and obtain favorable results for my clients.
Now I get to help shape the next generation of attorneys by sharing my secrets with them. My hope is that you fast-track your way to success on the bar exam and beyond using the knowledge and skills that took me many years to obtain. Let’s take on the bar exam.