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Last-Minute Checklist for Taking the Bar

The time for studying has past; the time for test-taking has arrived.

By this point, you should have crammed all the learning you can handle into your head. It's time to breathe deeply, and go pass that test.

Still, you will always feel like there's something more to do the night before the bar exam. Here's a last-minute checklist to help you do it:

If you're in the middle of prepping for the February bar exam, you're just a couple weeks away now. And at this point, hopefully, you have a firm grasp on just about everything and it's all about fine tuning and practice.

Though, you may also be incredibly far behind and panicking. And frankly, that's okay too. You just don't want to neglect some of the critical planning steps. There's still time to study more, but you may want to think about focusing your studying efforts over the last two weeks, in addition to developing your sleep schedule, and making sure you have your exam day(s) plan.

Virginia Bar Drops Mental Health Screening

Your mental health could be a problem if you want to take the bar exam in many states.

According to reports, about four in five states screen bar applicants for mental health issues. The Virginia Board Examiners decided that's not a good idea.

It was causing potential examinees to shy away from getting treatment. That, critics said, was crazy.

Your GPA Matters More Than Your LSAT, Right?

It may come as a surprise, but the Law School Admission Test is not the best predictor of success on the bar exam.

People in the know -- like law school educators -- know that. Your law school GPA is a much better indicator of bar pass success.

Still, it is a common misperception that the LSAT is the golden ticket to bar passage. Educators sometimes correct that misunderstanding because people do get confused.

Duke Students Reach Rare Air: 100 Percent Pass the California Bar

Duke Law School really is No. 1.

Of all 8,071 applicants who took the California bar exam last July, Duke had a perfect score. That's 25 out of 25 students -- 100 percent -- who passed.

It was a breathtaking achievement because the California bar is notoriously dangerous to your ego. Not to mention, the summer of 2018 had the worst overall pass rate in nearly 70 years.

When studying for law school exams, or even the bar exam, perhaps the best resource for law students and future lawyers are practice questions.

However, simply running through as many as possible isn't enough. After all, it's highly unlikely you'll see any of the same questions anyway, and there's more to preparation than just practice.

Below you can get a little advice on how to get the most out of law school and bar exam practice questions.

Key Lawmakers Want State Bar to Re-Evaluate the California Bar Exam -- Again

After another awful California bar exam, things could get worse -- again.

Test-takers in July turned in the lowest scores in 67 years, the pass rate falling for the fifth year in a row below the half-way mark. The overall pass rate was 40.7 percent, down almost 9 percent from last year.

Now lawmakers are calling for another evaluation of the bar exam, but we saw this movie already. It didn't end well.

The DC Bar Turns in the Worst Bar Exam Score Ever

Failing the bar exam is hard enough without people rubbing it in your face.

Not that anyone would deliberately point out your failure, but sometimes people do it in ways without thinking. The bar examiners in the District of Columbia did something like that, but worse.

The DC Committee of Admissions published a list of people who passed the exam on its website. Unfortunately for a couple of dozen individuals, the list was wrong.

When lawyers and law students go viral, it's usually not a good thing. But that's not the case for DePaul Law School grad Arielle Williams, who went viral when she checked her July 2018 bar results.

In case you haven't seen the video, no, she didn't sneak a camera into the exam room or anything crazy. Williams was at work at a Chicago area firm when her bar results came in. A paralegal at the firm starts filming right as Williams opens her results, and she almost immediately falls to the ground. Fortunately, it's quickly discovered that the tears and collapse were due to joy and then celebratory cheering erupts. And while the video may be fun to watch, there's much more to Ms. Williams' story that'll inspire and warm the heart.

LSAT to Go Digital -- Smiley Face :)

The Law School Admissions Test will soon be given in a digital format.

According to the Law School Admission Council, examinees will be able to take the test digitally for the first time in September 2019. The new format will be offered only in North America; paper tests will continue to be available everywhere.

For students, the best feature is they will be allowed to see their scores before deciding to send them to a law school. In the digital world, you can press a delete button.