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The bar exam is over -- done, finished, completed, closed, past. If you're lucky, this will be the last time you have to worry about (or even think about) that test ever again.

So, what comes next? Here are five things to do now that you've survived one of the law's greatest crucibles.

California Messed Up Its 'Baby Bar' and Traumatized Test Takers

News has gotten out that California's State Bar bungled the administration of its "baby bar" exam, adding to growing list of horror stories and scandals that hound the bar exam experience. This makes you wonder just how bad things can get before a reputation team is hired to burnish the bar exam's image.

In the meantime, those who've taken Cal's baby bar are enjoying a special kind of personal torment as they await the results of the test.

Future lawyers, are you jealous of all your non-law friends running around catching Pokemon while you cram for the bar? Don't be. Join them.

The summer's biggest light-hearted cultural phenomenon is the perfect thing for J.D.'s studying for the bar. And no, we're not kidding. Here's why.

The bar exam isn't about your ability to charm potential clients, to craft a finely written legal document, or to persuade a fact finder. That is, it's not about many of the skills that make a great lawyer. Instead, mastering the bar is about rote, brute memorization. Get that black letter law down, learn how to apply it, and you should do alright.

Given the vast amount of law you need to retain to pass the bar, memorization can be daunting task. But, there are some tricks that can help you improve your memory as you move closer and closer to your exam date.

There are just over four weeks left until the July bar exam. That's four weeks to get your pneumonic devices straight, four weeks to master IRAC, four weeks to figure out what the deal with mortgages is and why no one ever taught you about them in law school.

That is to say, there's a lot to be done. Here are some tips to help you through it.

July bar takers, you are halfway there. Many of you have been studying for about a month and have just over one month left to go. Congrats? It probably doesn't feel like it now, buried as you are under flashcards and crippling anxiety, but you've already accomplished a lot.

Now is the home stretch. To help you ace your bar exam, here are our five top study tips from the FindLaw archives.

Bar Exam Study Tips for Smart Cheapskates

Have you looked at the litany of bar exam prep courses out there and suffered sticker shock at the some of the prices? You're not alone. For example, for some of the "harder" jurisdictions, the entry-level price for many of the country's more popular bar exam prep programs can set you back a little more than $4,000.

And that's if you go the route without personal tutoring. I personally know someone who shelled out $10,000 plus Bar/Bri to pass the California bar. But what alternatives are there for those who don't want to compromise their health or wallets just to prepare for the exam? Fortunately, there is an alternative for those of us whose surname isn't Rothschild: self-study.

Which Bar Exam Prep Course Is Best?

Law school graduation is upon us, but as 3Ls know, that certainly doesn't mean you've seen the light at the end of the tunnel yet. Before you can walk through the pearly gates of licensure, you need to pass that darn bar exam. It strikes fear and dread in the hearts of law students everywhere and most hearts slump at the notion of preparing to take it.

That's why it's big business to prep students to pass the bar exam. There are so many bar prep courses -- but which to choose? In this piece, we look at the numbers so assiduously collected by our friends at Above the Law and also give our own personal input on each of the more well-known courses. We know there's a lot to take in, but thankfully, there's one thing that's common to all successful takers.

For Victims of the California Bar Exam, Is There a Silver Lining?

The pass rate numbers for the California bar exam are bad -- really bad. If you took it, there's basically a third of a chance you passed -- and that's if you were a randomly chosen individual. If you took the test and you were from an out of state, non-accredited law school? Why were you even sitting for this thing?

Still, we remain hopeful and have pushed an idea that this could be the beginning of the bottom. At least, we hope so.

You've graduated from law school. Now the real challenge begins: surviving the bar exam! For most new-J.D.s, this means hundreds of hours studying black letter law that you probably only touched on in your three years of law school.

The key to doing well on the bar exam is simple: study, and study effectively. To help you out, here are our top seven bar study tips, from the FindLaw archives.