Do you have the level of commitment Brianna Hill had to passing the bar exam? She is the woman who took the Illinois bar exam while in labor, gave birth, then finished the exam from the hospital and passed. Her story was all over the news last year.

Ok, Brianna Hill’s bar exam experience is extreme. But it does drive the point home. The level of commitment required to pass the bar exam is no joke. I don’t know Brianna Hill personally, but I do know her level of commitment was on point. She was not letting ANYTHING get in the way of passing -- not even labor.

Who is trying to pass the July 2021 bar exam without the level of commitment required? Being committed to passing the bar exam means doing everything within your power, no matter what. It doesn’t mean we study when it is convenient or when we don’t have anything else going on. It doesn’t mean we only study when we want to. It doesn’t mean we study only on the weekends because during the week we work too much. It doesn’t mean we only study after taking care of everyone else’s needs first because we are a parent or spouse.

Being committed to passing the bar exam means making the bar exam your number one priority in life for several weeks. This is the hardest part sometimes.

I understand. This was where I went wrong the first time. I tried to study for the bar exam without making adjustments to my lifestyle. I tried to work full-time and study. I tried to carry on with my family commitments and social life. In other words, I wasn't fully committed to passing despite saying I was. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way and I didn’t pass.

I am convinced that many people are struggling to pass the bar exam not because the MPT's or the real property questions are hard. They are struggling to pass because they aren’t fully committed to passing.

I like to compare passing the bar to getting washboard abs. Even though I don’t have washboard abs, I realize that getting washboard abs is not hard (assuming you are in good health). The hard part is the level of commitment required.

The hard part is being committed to eating steamed broccoli and plain chicken breasts for weeks at a time. The hard part is cutting out carbs and counting your macros. The hard part is meal prepping for the week so as to not end up ordering take out. The hard part is going to bed early so you can wake up well rested the next day to work out despite it being hard.

People with washboard abs are willing to do things the rest of us aren’t. Just like successful bar exam takers are willing to do things struggling bar exam takers aren’t.

Right about now is a great time to think about your level of commitment to passing the July 2021 bar exam. If you have been putting other things and people first, you are still in time to course correct.

To help you stay committed to passing the July 2021 bar exam, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Am I doing the scary things first? Am I practicing enough MPT’s despite them taking a long time at first?

2. Am I am setting up proper boundaries with others during this time? Am I saying “NO” to people and things that won’t help me get closer to passing the bar exam? Or does saying “no” make me feel guilty and selfish?

3. Am I practicing enough self-care by eating healthy meals and exercising so I am not emotionally and physically drained when the bar exam comes along?

4. Am I studying during my most productive hours or am I doing a load of laundry or going out for a run?

5. Am I getting distracted on social media and other sites? What tools can I use to keep me focused and on track?

6. Am I skipping some family and social functions or does the fear of missing out get the best of me?

7. Am I taking the time and effort it takes to learn the rules I don’t know well or am I studying them superficially to cover more ground?

The good news is there is no way I won’t get washboard abs by July 27th if I were to commit to it. Just like there is no way you won’t pass the bar if you commit yourself to passing.

TRUST the process!

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