Updated: Jun 28
A common misconception among struggling bar exam takers is thinking they didn’t pass the bar exam because they didn't practice enough MBE’s, MEE’s, and MPT’s. This misconception leaves them thinking they can pass the next time if only they practice more.
This is a logical conclusion. When you see a young child make a mistake during his piano recital, you think to yourself he may have performed better had he practiced more.
The problem with this line of thinking is that sometimes, it’s not that the child didn’t practice his piece enough. Rather, the areas he botched up were due to a lack of understanding. The child didn't know how to read the music and how to play those notes. To fix the areas where he got stuck, he can’t simply practice the piece a thousand times because he would end up making the same mistakes over and over. He is better off first understanding how to read the music and how to play those notes before he continues to practice.
Similarly, sometimes failing the bar exam is due to a lack of understanding, not practice. Some individuals don’t pass the bar exam despite completing thousands of MBE’s before bar exam day. This is evidence that practicing more is not always the answer.
If you continue to think you didn't pass because you didn't practice enough, the next time around you may make the costly mistake of spending even more time practicing MBE’s instead of doing what will actually help you pass. What will help you finally pass the bar exam is slowing down to learn and understand the rules better.
In other words, practice doesn’t always make perfect. Doing more of the same will not get you different results. Your time is better spent learning the rules well because, for whatever reason, you didn't learn them in law school or in your main bar prep course. Your time is better spent understanding the law, how it works, and why. In the end, your understanding of the rules is what will help you increase your score on the MBE's and MEE's and ultimately help you pass the bar exam.
Let me ask you, will you continue doing more of the same expecting different results? Or will you put in the time and effort it takes to understand the rules better this time?
To your success!