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While 40 five per cent of test takers failed the California Bar Exam, one blogger says he passed with incredibly little studying.Blake Masters, who graduated from Stanford Law, claimed yesterday he studied for no more than five hours per day only during the month of July and still smoked the bar exam.
And he did so because he believes the bar is much easier than it’s hyped up to be and didn’t let himself get freaked out by the test.
Masters, who works for legal startup Judicata, said he framed passing the test as something that would help him in his career, but since he doesn’t work at a law firm, acing the bar wasn’t actually necessary to his future.
“I had to be relatively cavalier in my preparation and relatively carefree about the results,” he wrote. “I think this approach would probably work for most law students who are capable of passing the Bar. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s a good approach for most people, or that it’s not risky.”
Masters also put no stock in expensive prep classes, which he called “psychic insurance policies,” and instead opted to study on his own using test prep books from previous exams.
While his 100 hours of studying might sound like a lot, one bar exam tutor told the National Jurist recently that law grads should study as much as 500 hours for the California Bar.
The results for most California test takers aren’t terrible by any means. But out of the 8,737 legal hopefuls in California who took the test, only 4,834 passed.
While we don’t know Masters’ actual score on the exam, we do have to wonder how so many students can fail the exam that will make or break their careers when someone with such a lackadaisical approach can pass.
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