ELEVATE YOUR IRAC is a group program designed to help you draft high-scoring answers on the written portion of the bar exam so that you can finally pass.
Learn quickly how to draft high-scoring answers on each essay and performance test so that you can leverage the written portion of the bar exam and finally pass.
Are you ready to start studying for the bar exam again and serious about passing this time? AND you already know that you left points on the table on essays and performance tests. This means you also know that if you want to finally pass the bar exam this time, you MUST improve your answers on the written portion to get a passing score.
BUT you may be thinking…
…earning more points on each essay and performance test is hard!
Read model answers and tried to use them as a guide.
Submitted a few essays and performance tests to your bar prep course only to get generalized feedback.
Outlined answers hoping your answers will come together on bar exam day because you consider yourself to be a decent writer.
Outlined answers hoping your answers will come together on bar exam day because you are NOT confident in your writing abilities but you managed to pass law school finals after all.
Ignored them (especially the performance tests) because you got overwhelmed by how long they took and how hard they were to finish. After all, you have so much ground to cover and no time!
By now you may have realized that ignoring the written portion of the bar exam was not the best strategy.
If you are like most of my clients before they start working with me, then you probably feel emotionally and physically drained. You may be dreading having to study for the bar exam again.
You may have even decided to stay off social media for a while because seeing everyone’s posts on LinkedIn and Instagram celebrating their success on the bar exam and new jobs, leaves you feeling worse (even if you are happy for them).
No matter what you did last time, you are not alone! And I understand.
The problem is bar prep courses aren't the solution for a big percentage of bar exam takers.
Bar prep courses are the very reason you failed the bar exam. Yes, you read that right. They sell the idea that you will pass the bar exam if you complete the course.
BUT if that were the case, why are bar exam takers failing the bar exam in such high numbers? According to the NCBE, in 2019 only 58% of bar exam takers nationwide passed the bar exam. Post-pandemic the numbers aren't getting any better.
The reality is the bar prep system is flawed. Bar prep courses don’t work for a huge percentage of bar exam takers because they are deficient in 3 key areas.
It’s not your fault.
Here’s why following your bar prep course hasn’t worked:
It doesn’t show you how to study for the bar exam (the right way). You ASSUMED it would teach you what you needed to know to pass. On the other hand, your bar prep course ASSUMED you learned in law school what you needed to learn to pass the bar exam. This leads to bar exam takers having the WRONG EXPECTATIONS about what their bar prep course will do for them.
It doesn’t provide enough guidance when it comes to 50% of the bar exam – the written portion. It only gives you model answers and general feedback on a few essays and performance tests. This does not translate into YOU improving your own answers. It leaves you ignoring the essays and performance tests during bar prep because they seem too hard and they take too much time. Or it leaves you only reading/outlining the answers instead of writing them out. Overall, you end up going into Day 1 of the bar exam UNDERPREPARED and lacking confidence (even if you consider yourself a decent writer). It is no wonder you freeze, freak out, and run out of time.
It doesn’t show you how to remove the roadblocks that are holding you back. You end up procrastinating and self-sabotaging along the way without even realizing why or learning how to fix it.
The second time around, too many struggling bar exam takers assume they are struggling NOT because the bar prep system is flawed but because the bar exam is hard and they ran out of time during bar prep.
This leaves them doing more of the same the next time. BUT year after year, they end up with the same results.
If the path to success on the bar exam were doing more of the same, there would be many more successful repeat bar exam takers.
You don’t want to fall into this trap.
Imagine a reality where you …
No longer have to rely on model answers as a guide because you have a better system for crafting a high-scoring answer.
BOOST your score by 20 to 50 points on the written portion alone!
Write a cohesive and organized answer in the allotted time.
Issue spot with confidence and ease.
Feel confident because you have a roadmap to follow that yields high points.
No longer freeze, panic, or freak out when you are presented with an essay or performance test that seems hard.
No longer run out of time on the essays and performance test.
See your name is on the PASS list when results are posted!
Celebrate with your family and friends that you passed the bar exam!
Get the attorney position at the law firm or in-house counsel department or government job!
Time and again, I find that leveraging the written portion of the bar exam is the fastest way to go from struggling bar exam taker to licensed attorney. I still haven't found a better way to pass the bar exam.
You have more CONTROL over your score on the written portion. There are just too many variables on the multiple-choice that are outside of your control. It's as if they pull the rug from under you every time.
You have the POWER to draft a high-scoring answer. You have the power to show bar exam graders you are ready to go out into the world as a practicing attorney. After all, this is what they want to know before they license you.
The written portion is more predictable because they test the same concepts year after year. They change Dan to Bob and knives to cars but the concept tested is exactly the same.
You have the POWER to impress bar exam graders with your lawyering and writing skills. It is the only section of the bar exam that is not graded by a computer.
The cold hard truth is...
If you have an MBE score in the 120’s or 130's and don’t significantly improve your score on the essays and performance tests, you will have to raise your MBE score to the 150’s or 160’s if you want to pass.
AND let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be here if raising your MBE score to a 160 were easy. I know I couldn't do it.
Earning more points on each essay and performance test doesn’t have to be hard.
You don’t need to be an award-winning writer to maximize points on the essays and performance tests.
You simply need better guidance than what you’ve received from your bar prep course and from your 1L legal research and writing class.
This is why I created the Elevate Your IRAC program.
Passing the bar exam is not about getting a 160 on the MBE’s. It’s about leveraging the written portion so that you finally make up for the points you were short.
THE ELEVATE YOUR IRAC PROGRAM
The 8-week group coaching program is designed to take you from struggling bar exam taker to a licensed attorney.
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Check out these results from some of my clients...
Using the Elevate Your IRACmethod, Sierra earned 26 more points on the written section alone and 12 on the MBE. She passed the North Carolina bar exam with an overall score of 305!
Using theElevate Your IRACmethod, Angie earned 21 more points on the written section alone and 12 on the MBE to pass the Massachusetts bar exam!
"Working with Yohanna, I was able to boost my overall score by over 55 points and pass the North Dakota bar exam!She taught me to focus on understanding the logic behind the rules rather than memorization. I learned to organize my essays, attack the issue head on, and how to use all the facts. Having her Elevate Your IRAC method as a guide instilled confidence in me which helped me get a high enough score to practice in any UBE state!"
- Sam S., North Dakota bar exam, Feb. 2022
You may only be 2 performance tests and 6 essays away from passing the bar exam if you learn a proven system for drafting high-scoring answers.
With the right guidance, the written portion of the bar exam can be simple and you can leverage it to rack up the points you need to get over the line.
The key is knowing HOW to elevate your IRAC to new levels to leverage the written portion of the bar exam to your advantage. That’s what we will cover during our time together in Elevate Your IRAC.
What We Will Cover Over The 8 Weeks
MODULE 1: THE STUDY TO PASS METHOD
Why you can’t memorize your way through the bar exam (and what to do instead).
The right way to study for the bar exam.
My 8 game-changing studying techniques to help you break down the rules and understand them better.
A practical approach for conquering the bar exam.
MODULE 2: HOW TO CRAFT A HIGH-SCORING ANSWER ON THE ESSAYS
A roadmap you can follow on any essay bar examiners throw your way to maximize points.
How to craft a high-scoring issue statement and rule paragraph.
How to analyze the you-know-what out of the facts.
How not to run out of time or freeze if you get a question that seems hard.
MODULE 3: HOW TO CRAFT A HIGH-SCORING ANSWER ON THE PT’s
How not to run out of time.
What the PT's are really about.
How not to get overwhelmed.
How to wrestle the library and case file.
MODULE 4: HOW TO REMOVE ROADBLOCKS THAT ARE HOLDING YOU BACK
How to stop procrastinating.
How to adopt a winning mindset.
How to stop the overwhelm.
How to feel confident going into the exam.
It’s everything I wish I had known before taking the bar exam the first time. It’s everything I know from taking and passing three bar exams and teaching others how to do it also. I packaged it into a simple and easy-to-follow program so you can avoid making the same mistakes and fast-track your way to success on the bar exam.
And while I know this may seem like a lot of work…when done right, it can yield serious points on the bar exam.
Check out some of my client's results!
Angie R. increased her score on the MEE/MPT by 21 points! (Overall score increased by 33 points!)
Jessica T. increased her score on the MEE/MPT by 49 points!
Sam S. increased her score on the MEE/MPT by 42 points! (Overall score increased by 55 points!)
Sierra H. increased her score on the MEE/MPT by 26 points! (Overall score increased by 38 points!)
Monaie J. increased her score on the MEE/MPT by 22 points! (Overall score increased by 49 points!)
Shawn G. increased his score on the MEE/MPT by 16 points!
Zulma G. increased her score on the MEE/MPT by 29 points!
Nancy N. increased her overall score on the California bar exam by 189 points!
Ok, the recap! Here's Everything You'll Get When You Join The Program Today:
Weekly LIVE Group Calls
Weekly LIVE group calls over Zoom to get feedback on essays or performance tests, and ask your essay/performance test-related questions. During our 8 weeks together, I walk you through the Study to Pass method and the Elevate Your IRAC method for drafting high-scoring answers on the essays and performance tests. You will walk away with my proven system for drafting high-scoring answers on the essays and performance tests.
The live calls will take place every Thursday at 9:00 AM, CST. I will record these calls but I highly encourage you to attend live. The groups will be small with only 4 individuals in each group.
Detailed Feedback on 1 Essay and 1 Performance Test
In addition to the feedback you get during our calls, you will get DETAILED feedback on 1 essay and 1 performance test. The feedback is not generic like the one provided by “big box” bar prep companies. I won’t simply tell you to “use the facts more” or “apply the law to the facts.” I will show you exactly HOW to do these things. You will receive feedback on almost every sentence or paragraph. I will show you a roadmap you can implement on any essay/performance test so your answers will be organized and concise.
We will work through several roadblocks that may be holding you back. You will learn tools and techniques to turn the bar exam into a positive experience.
You will get accountability to keep you consistently moving toward your bar exam-related goals. Every week, you will turn in 2 essays or 1 performance test. Every week you will join coaching calls. Every week you will turn in a Weekly Success Path report where you set out your weekly goals.
Interactive studying with like-minded individuals with a similar experience as your own. You will have the opportunity to connect with others and study together on your own time to stay motivated and moving closer toward your goal.
Every Tuesday at 5:00 PM, CST, I will host a surprise essay experience. This experience gives you the opportunity to troubleshoot any challenges you experience when faced with a "surprise" essay and 30 minutes on the clock.
Because I am confident you will love this program, I offer a 30-day Money Back Guarantee.
I know that if you implement what you learn inside the program, you will get results. This is why I offer a 30-day "Do The Work" guarantee. If for whatever reason you don’t find this program helpful, simply email me and I will promptly issue a full refund of your entire fee. I only ask that you show me you did the work.
This course is not for you if you are expecting a magic pill solution. The reality is the bar exam takes work. If you are willing to put in the work, I will be right there by your side guiding you every step of the way.
This course is for JD grads who are ready to show up, stay coachable, do the work, and are committed to passing the bar exam.
Gifts for You
GOAL SETTING AND TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
A goal-setting and time management workshop to ensure you get the most out of your productive hours and not burn out in the process of studying for the bar exam.
2 WEEKS OF ADDITIONAL COACHING AND LIVE CALLS
Extending your access for live coaching and support to a total of 8 weeks so you can receive guidance up until the week before the bar exam!
PRACTICE BAR EXAM
A practice bar exam one month before the big day to give you an opportunity to troubleshoot any areas.
GROUNDING PRAYER/MEDITATION THE WEEK OF THE BAR EXAM (OPTIONAL)
Get calm, inspired, and energized all at the same time with a grounding prayer/meditation the week of the bar exam.
I used the Elevate Your IRAC method to pass two bar exams. On the North Carolina bar exam, 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 guidance and 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.”
Sierra Hagg University of Hawai'i North Carolina bar exam, July 2020 Hawai'i bar exam February 2021
I'm so glad I found Yohanna! My first time studying for the bar exam I would do anything possible to avoid the essays. I didn't feel confident about my writing ability in law school and the format my bar prep service was teaching wasn't working for me. Within a few weeks of working with Yohanna, I had a completely different outlook. I felt confident because I knew how to break down questions into simpler pieces and apply the law almost like a formula. She's great at teaching you how to organize your writing in a way that becomes automatic. Now I approach questions knowing exactly what to expect and it removed so much of the anxiety around the essays. Yohanna gives priceless feedback and I've only seen my essays get better since working with her. I appreciate how she doesn't try to completely change your writing but rather focuses on how to make your own writing more clear and concise. The amount of time I spent working on my MEE and MPT questions reduced drastically the more that I did practice questions and implemented her feedback. It didn't take long for me to reap the benefits of learning the Elevate Your IRAC method.
M. Jackson Washington, D.C. bar exam, July 2021
I highly recommend Elevate Your IRAC! As a repeat bar exam taker, I relied heavily on popular “big box” bar prep companies. I realized I needed a more individualized approach and Yohanna was my answered prayer! Not only did Yohanna help me elevate my writing by walking me through a step-by-step approach to answering any MEE question but she also showed me the importance of understanding the law. Writing from a place of understanding and not memorization helped me be confident even if I did not remember a rule verbatim. I wish I had found the Elevate Your IRAC program much sooner. Yohanna's program also ensured I was scheduling time for my mental, physical, and emotional health.
A. Henderson New York bar exam, July 2021
Thanks to Coach Yohanna's method, I was able to raise my score significantly on the essays and performance tests 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 tests to enjoying them! I recommend her method to anyone who is feeling stuck. The only regret you will have is not learning the method!”
-Angie Romero Massachusetts bar exam, October 2020 Graduate of Northeastern University
By now, you are aware of the opportunities you will have when you pass the bar exam.
So the only choice that remains is whether you want to waste precious time and effort trying to figure this all out by yourself OR whether you will take matters into your own hands by investing in a proven system and a mentor who will teach you what your main bar prep course didn’t teach you: how to draft high-scoring answers on each essay and performance test.
You know which option feels best for you. What will it be?
Think of it this way…
When you land your first position as a licensed attorney, ONE paycheck will pay for this program.
So can you really afford to NOT sign up?
Every year you are not a licensed attorney will cost you time and money.
What are you waiting for? Join the waitlist for the Elevate Your IRAC group program before the spots fill up.