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Tips and support for taking the bar exam

Taking the Missouri Bar Exam is a pivotal moment in the life of a law student, but it can be stressful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. The past few years, we’ve asked lawyers what advice they would give to test takers.

Here are some of their replies:

“Take comfort in the fact that you learned more than you know from law school re: analysis, identifying issues, and substantive law.”

“Don’t let other people get into your head before the exam or at break time.”

“Get a lunch/break buddy who agrees in advance to refrain from discussing the test. Agree to talk about anything else or nothing at all. 27 years later, I am still grateful for my buddy and we are still good friends.”

“Don’t lose your ID.”

Mental health matters

If you need support to deal with depression, stress, or burnout, The Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program is here to help! 

MOLAP is a free, professional, and confidential counseling program for members of The Missouri Bar, immediate family members who reside with them, and law students.

MOLAP services are strictly confidential and won’t impact your ability to become a lawyer. Call 1-800-688-7859 for support or visit MoBar.org/MOLAP for a wealth of resources to help you reduce and cope with stress. 

Reaching out for support is a sign of strength and hope.

If you are currently in a crisis, please call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.