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I'm writing the bar exams this June. I have the opportunity to work full-time while studying for the bar (May/June/July, then start articling in August). It's a job I've worked before and definitely won't require me to stay past 5pm or do any work outside of regular work hours, and isn't too stressful. I'm really stressed about money so this would definitely ease my worries a bit. But I also don't want to fail the bar..... is it realistic to work full-time while studying for the bar? How time consuming/intensive is bar studying? For reference i've been doing pretty well in law school and have taken some (but definitely not all) of the relevant courses for the bar.

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!

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I don't personally know anyone who worked while prepping for the bar exams. You'll have six weeks to read ~2000 pages of dense materials. If you're in a group that is sharing the making of an index, you'll have your share to do, too.  Although it's been several years ago now, most people I know treated those six weeks as pretty much a full-time job. I wouldn't recommend working in those weeks. 

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Your stress will intensify by 100 times if you fail the bar exam.

 

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Thanks for your replies everyone - I was already leaning towards not working, since it just feels kind of ridiculous to not be focusing on the Bar, but wanted to double check just in case. This confirms it for me though, so I won't take the full-time job. 

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Can you perhaps work part time? Meaning once or twice per week? A few of my friends did this and they were fine. Sometimes it’s good to shift gears and think about something other than a major stressful exam.

I would advise against full time 

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21 hours ago, healthlaw said:

Can you perhaps work part time? Meaning once or twice per week? A few of my friends did this and they were fine. Sometimes it’s good to shift gears and think about something other than a major stressful exam.

I would advise against full time 

yeah that's what i was thinking. after hearing everyone's advice i'm definitely gonna decline the full-time job, but yeah i think i'll try to see if near where i live i can get a 1 or 2 day a week part-time job like in a cafe or clothing store or something, which like i probably won't be studying 24hrs a day 7 days a week anyways so i think it should be ok / i can always just quit if it's too much lol.

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49 minutes ago, pinkroses said:

yeah that's what i was thinking. after hearing everyone's advice i'm definitely gonna decline the full-time job, but yeah i think i'll try to see if near where i live i can get a 1 or 2 day a week part-time job like in a cafe or clothing store or something, which like i probably won't be studying 24hrs a day 7 days a week anyways so i think it should be ok / i can always just quit if it's too much lol.

I don’t know your financial situation and I know the debt load is absolutely terrifying... but keep in mind that you won’t be able to bring in that much cash over the span of 6 weeks working sporadic hours at a lower paying job. Careful not to burn yourself out for a gain that might not make a huge difference in the long run. Of course only you can judge what’s best for your situation 

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On 1/29/2019 at 7:53 PM, healthlaw said:

I don’t know your financial situation and I know the debt load is absolutely terrifying... but keep in mind that you won’t be able to bring in that much cash over the span of 6 weeks working sporadic hours at a lower paying job. Careful not to burn yourself out for a gain that might not make a huge difference in the long run. Of course only you can judge what’s best for your situation 

haha okay that is also true. that's kind of been my mindset about working during the school year. i worked a lot during the school year in undergrad, which definitely affected my grades, and at the end of the day it was like i earned 2k over the year, which was helpful but idk if it was worth almost not getting into law school over lol. and yeah i guess this will only be 6 weeks. thanks for your input.

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