Are you a hard-working JD grad who is ready to FINALLY PASS the bar exam? Then you are in the right place. Welcome to my site where I promise to talk to you straight about what it really takes to pass the bar exam.
Hi there! I’m Yohanna Romero Baca. I passed the bar exam in 3 states after failing it once. All this to say, I know what it’s like to do all things bar prep and not get the results you want in the end. The good news is there is a better way to bar prep!
I’m Yohanna Romero Baca. I help transform overwhelmed bar exam takers into licensed attorneys so they can start making a living and an impact in the world. I went from failing the bar exam to passing it in three states (MD, FL, TX). 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 too can pass the bar exam, even if you’ve been struggling to pass for 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 overall 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 and find your attorney voice.
I live outside of Houston, TX with my husband, 10-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 Law School, I did what every responsible recent JD grad would do – sign up for one of the main bar prep courses.
I followed the course as best as I could. I attended every lecture, completed every handout, used my flashcards, read and re-read my outlines. I did it all. But part of me knew I was in over my head. I quickly realized I had a lot of ground to cover and not enough time. I was overwhelmed and too freaked out to focus. I would sit to study only to lose time deciding what I was going to do that day. I was burned out and miserable.
Needless to say, I did not pass the bar exam the first time. I was devastated. I was at work when the results were posted. I immediately started crying. I was so embarrassed. I felt I let my family and my boss down. I felt all my co-workers, family and friends were thinking I wasn’t smart enough to pass. Deep down inside, I was worried I would fail again.
After grieving for several weeks, I decided enough was enough. I had to take matters into my own hands. I had trusted the traditional bar prep route and got burned. The system was flawed and I had to do bar prep differently if I wanted to pass. Following my bar prep course had kept me from doing the things that would make a difference in my score.
I needed a better way to prepare for the bar exam…and I found it!
Instead of completing my bar prep course’s long “to-do” list thinking that’s what I needed to do to pass the bar exam, I decided to study differently. The truth was I didn’t know the rules well despite graduating from law school and having a bar prep course.
The BIGGEST realization I had was that the shortest route to a passing score was by leveraging the written portion of the bar exam. There were just too many variables on the multiple-choice that were out of my control. The written portion was a safer bet.
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.
And that’s what I did! My process worked so well that I passed the Maryland bar exam the next time it was offered. Two years later, I used the same process to pass the bar exam in Florida. And two years after that, to pass the bar exam in Texas. This is how my 3-part framework was born.
As it turned out, I was right. There was a better way to bar prep!
I launched my legal career and spent 15 years in private practice in Miami, FL and Houston, TX making an impact in the lives of my clients.
Now I get to help shape the next generation of attorneys by sharing my secrets with them so they too can pass the bar exam even if they’ve been struggling to pass for years. 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!
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