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CA Bar Prep Program

*CONGRATULATIONS to all our FEBRUARY 2022 Bar Passers! We are so proud of you and look forward to welcoming you into the practice of law in California!*

 

Hello Future Attorneys!

The JFK School of Law Bar Coach Program has many resources to help you get started NOW!

This page contains an abundance of content to help you prep for the bar, including "Bar Coach on Demand" videos from Jess Khachiyants, Kimberly Rice, California Bar documents, model answers, and announcements, with more added frequently as they become available.

The California Bar Exam has a reputation for being notoriously difficult, but possible to pass. Many have done so, and you can too! While there are NO shortcuts, there are skills and strategies that you can learn to take your performance to a higher level. That’s where we enter.

The JFK Bar Coach Program is an alternative, one on one program designed to focus specifically on Bar Exam SkillsStrategies and Self-Care. While we can’t take the place of your traditional substantive bar exam program,  we can provide you with tools to enhance your performance, while focusing on your well-being.

We offer individual appointments for skills or strategy sessions which cover every portion of the California Bar Exam. 

Look at our "Menu of Offerings" (below) to see what we have to offer! 

Please contact Jess Khachiyants at jkhachiyants@ncu.edu and Kimberly Rice at krice@ncu.edu for additional questions

Be sure to check out our page on the left menu: Bar Prep On Demand Video Series for all bar prep recordings and videos

Upcoming Events

Please attend our upcoming event! May 14 from 10 AM - 12 PM PST. 

Alternative Study Techniques Webinar on May 14th, from 10am-12pm Pacific Time

Join: https://zoom.us/j/98162852627

Meeting ID: 981 6285 2627

Still struggling to find study techniques that work for you? Want some ideas on other ways to study for the bar that play into YOUR learning styles and aren’t just the same old, same old? Join us for a workshop on alternative bar study techniques where we’ll look at a variety of study methods tailored to your unique learning styles. After the session, you will receive a worksheet (explained during the workshop) that will provide a personalized list of study techniques matching your learning styles to help you plan out your bar study path. Come see how you can revitalize your studying with the JFK Bar Coach Team on Saturday, May 14th, from 10am-12pm Pacific Time!

Bar Prep on Demand Video Series

Menu of Offerings

Accomodations

Important ReminderDocuments must be complete and submitted online or received in the San Francisco Office of the State Bar, Office of Admissions 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 by the deadline listed on the California Bar website.  Early filing is strongly encouraged, as deadlines will not be extended.   For complete information about the Accommodations process, please review the following link: 

Requesting Testing Accommodations (ca.gov)

If you need information about your accommodations at NCU, please contact Disability Services at disabilitiesservices@ncu.edu.

For July 2022 Bar Applicants and Potential Applicants:

The deadline to request Accommodations for the JULY Bar is June 1, 2022. Documents must be complete and submitted online or received in the San Francisco Office of the State Bar, Office of Admissions 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 by the deadline listed on the California Bar website.  Early filing is strongly encouraged, as deadlines will not be extended.  For complete information about the Accommodations process, please review the following link: 

 https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Legal-Specialization/Becoming-a-Certified-Specialist/Exam-Information/Testing-Accommodations
 

Mock Exam

This is an important reminder that you will need to stay abreast of all updates from the California Bar Examiners. This includes:

  • Checking your email regularly, from both the California Bar Examiners and the JFK Bar Coach Team
  • Checking the updated FAQs at the link below
  • Adhering to all stated deadlines on the California Bar website below

How to Prepare Friends and Family

Studying for the California Bar Exam takes an extraordinary amount of time and energy. It is way more than a test. The kind of focus required over the next several months will need cooperation from those you love the most! Setting boundaries is not easy, but here are a few tips to get through this bar season: 

  • Chances are some people in your life do not have a legal background.  Explain the significance of the bar exam early and what it will require from you. True friends will understand as well as those who really care about you! 😊 
  • If you plan to hold on to socializing with friends and family, schedule it into your calendar. This applies whether you intend to do it face to face or via social media. Ideally, it should be a consistent time every week set aside to “socialize” however you choose. Caveat: be careful not to invite unnecessary drama or stress if you choose to communicate. It may feel selfish, but you need to prioritize yourself and your success during this time. 
  • If you plan to go “off grid,” create voice/text messages or email auto responses to let everyone know that you’re “away” and will not be responding to communication quickly!
    • CAUTION: Starting six weeks before the exam, expect weekly Friday emails from the Office of Admissions. Make sure that you have added @calbar.ca.gov and @examsoft.com to your safelist.
  • If you want to go full blown “radio silence” or create“ A Quiet Place” that’s perfectly acceptable. If there is someone in your life who cannot respect your wishes, consider taking a time out in that relationship. If they truly care, they will be there when you walk out of the bar exam!

Those who care about you will have a vested interest in your happiness and success! This part of your journey may feel like a party of one. Only you can take the bar exam. Stand firm on your decisions and thank your support system when you’re done!