Wow <<First Name>>! You're alive.
How did it go?
Your brain might feel like mashed potatoes after that ordeal.
Your back might feel a fossil after hours of sitting.
But nice job on preparing for and taking the July bar. At least now you know that ~you can do anything if you try~ or something like that.
Yet another difficult part called “waiting” begins. It might be harder than the actual prep.
1. Make sure all your answers are uploaded ASAP (if you typed).
2. Figure out how to spend “free time” again. What is that? Is it edible?
3. Help me out a bit.
Do you consider yourself a helpful person?
Before you block the past few days/weeks/months from your memory, I would super appreciate if you could do at least one of the 3 quick favors below.
Most of my efforts over the past few months went into making sure you got some value out of these emails. I spend a lot of time on them. And hopefully you found the material helpful. I think it’s a fair deal.
I mean what else are you gonna do now... STUDY?
1. I’d love to get your thoughts on your experience
Please fill out this anonymous one-page survey.
Let’s organize our thoughts after all our time together. It’ll just take a few minutes.
This will help me understand how to help future students. If you’ve ever related to anything I was saying, that was at least a result of others sharing their thoughts. This only works if you (yes, you...<<First Name>>) lend me some of your energy.
It’s not just for me. We’ll revisit these questions in a few months, like a time capsule for those who will tackle the beast in February next year.
Let it all out! Scream into the void. I read all responses. Here's the survey link again.
Or just email me with what you’re thinking about. I love hearing from readers and try to respond to as many as I can.
2. Essay donations
Want your desperate struggles to have meaning? Don’t throw your old essays into a bonfire just yet!
Please consider donating any returned essays that you got back from previous exams (any state bar and any year is fine). They will be publicly offered in my essay answer bank for future generations of bar takers. It’s run entirely by donations.
Simply email me scans/photos and scores. Or just ship them because un-stapling these little shits is hazardous. I’ll take care of the rest.
3. Word of mouth
The most common regret-compliment I get from readers is that they wish they found me sooner.
Rather than promoting and scaling, I’ve focused on continuing to improve my products and the quality of my content over the years regardless of the size of my audience.
Did you know my first email went out to 6 people? (I think I was one of them.) And just a few days ago, I unsubscribed hundreds of people off my list. If you’re reading these very words, it means you and I may have something special going on.
I believe that slowing down, speaking from the heart, and focusing on high-quality material (and people), over the long run, creates a community of givers I can rely on.
With that foundation in place, one of my goals is to market myself more. Because “if you have something the world should hear about, it’s your obligation to get it in front of as many people as possible.”
Having grown mostly on organic referrals (word of mouth and Google deciding to rank my pages), MTYLT is becoming a recognized underdog in bar prep. And it’s going to keep getting better.
But I’m just one man. I want to create and only have so much time and energy outside of work. I could really use your help in getting the word out and making a bigger impact.
If you’ve enjoyed the work I’ve been doing, this is your chance to get involved. Two ways:
1) Let me know if you (or a friend) have access to...
Just let me know what you’re willing to offer and what it might be good for. I can write or speak on other platforms if needed. I would be eternally grateful for any help you can offer.
- An audience of bar takers (blog, podcast, or social media following)
- Connections from law school (deans, profs, student orgs)
- Any other assets that might be valuable for getting in front of new readers who would benefit from my resources for the upcoming bar season (Nov-Feb)
2) Otherwise, simply talk about my resources at Make This Your Last Time (www.makethisyourlasttime.com) with your friends, on forums or social media, study groups, etc. I don't like to advertise myself, so I get excited when someone else talks about MTYLT for me.
Exemplary list of fora where you can find more help and also drop me a shoutout as appropriate:
Don’t keep me a "best-kept secret" between friends. Like I said a few weeks ago, a rising tide lifts all boats.
First, let me first reflect on my goals I laid out for this July bar season. I do this every time I send these post-mortem emails (results in bold):
- Study the UBE subjects that are not currently included with Magicsheets and Approsheets -- Secured Trans, Conflicts of Law, Family Law -- and create beta versions of sheets. Let me know if you have resources that will help or if you want to be invited to the beta.
- Working drafts of Magicsheets and Approsheets are done for Secured Trans
- Working drafts of Magicsheets for COL are done (Approsheets in progress)
- Need to work on Family Law
- Publish case studies
- I've been too busy drafting emails. I've also been making time for myself instead of wringing myself dry. Will spend the next few months on these amazing stories of determination from CA bar takers
- BTW, I already have a couple of case studies from UBE takers
- Marketing (could use your help, see above)
- Google has been good to me, but I'd like to be linked from other places too
- Passer's Playbook 3.0 (shooting for 2020 Feb season)
- I thought about it. Does that count? Probably pushed to 2020/2021
- Video content and interactive content
- I decided writing is my forte
Here are my goals for the 2020 Feb season (roughly in order of importance):
- Continue to learn to prioritize my time and cognitive resources (make an effort to not answer every email, take my time answering, not provide easy-to-find information on a silver platter, let difficult people roll off my back, and so on)
- Finish drafting sheets for UBE subjects. They're on the way... I had a few alpha test drivers. Please use this form to see a sample and get on the waitlist (I'm aware that some of you are interested).
- Publish those CA case studies (three pending)
- Marketing (could use your help, see above)
- Passer's Playbook 3.0 with streamlined video/audio modules (shoot for 2020/2021?)
Otherwise, I’ll mostly be silent until November.
What’s your plan now?
Like a battery (not the tort), you run out of juice and need to recharge when you’re “on” for days. Also, if I squeeze you really hard you have an indicator that lights up saying how much charge you have left. *strong handshake*
Doesn’t seem like much left. Take it easy, dude.
Keep me posted on your bar results, career, and life. See you around.
PS: Please take a minute to fill out this anonymous survey so that I can understand you better and share your responses in a few months.
If you have old returned essays for my essay answer bank (run entirely by donations), please get in touch.
If you have resources, connections, or means to put me out there, I'd appreciate that as well. See details above.
Not retaining any information from your bar course? Not enough time? Stop getting overwhelmed. Focus on practice and memorization with these condensed rule outlines organized in logical groups and indentations.
Passer’s Playbook 2.0
(essay approach checklists and flowcharts)
Go from blank page to finished essay/outline. Identify all the relevant issues with these attack sheets so you don't leave any points on the table.
Step-by-step blueprint, study schedules, cheat sheets, guides, and other tools designed to help you orient yourself and propel you toward improvement. Passing is inevitable if you continue to improve.
A course on dealing with the mental and emotional aspects of bar preparation, to take you from overwhelmed to focused, unmotivated to productive, and anxious to calm.
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