As the July bar approaches, many students ask me how to get motivated for the hard work ahead. Here are some thoughts to get–and stay in the proper mindset to prepare and pass the California bar exam:

1. Remember your goal. You’re doing this for a reason. You want to be a lawyer in California and you can’t until you pass the bar exam. Nothing is easy, least of all passing the California bar exam. Whether it’s your first try or your tenth, all the hard work ahead will make passing that much sweeter.

2. The exam is passable. Throughout your life you’ve passed many exams. From grade school through law school, you’ve passed hundreds of exams. This is just another in a long line of tests that you need to pass to move along in your life. The truth is that hundreds of thousands have already passed this exam before. So can you. They weren’t any more deserving than you. They weren’t any smarter or more diligent than you. If they could do it, so can you.

3. Remember:  Once you pass, you’ll never have to do this again. As soon as you’ve got your ticket to practice law in California, you’ll never have to do this again. The bar is a pass once and you’re done exam. Just maintain your standing with the Bar Association, and you’re a lawyer for life after you pass the exam. Nobody will ever ask you to do this again.  Keep your eye on that prize.

4. Your family and friends are all pulling for you. They know you can do it. Make them right. Make them proud of you. When you’re tired and want to stop studying, remember, the people around you are all on your side. Be their hero and win.

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