The latest bar exam has finished up around the country, and now you might be thinking, “Yikes! I am going to take the bar exam next February and that is now just months away. What can I be doing now to prepare?”
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There is a little under one month left until the bar exam—prime time for a bar exam freak-out! It happens every year, almost like clockwork. Here are some sound ideas to help you through these next weeks.