Question of the Week

Did you take a bar exam prep course? If so, did you take out a loan to finance it? Any regrets?


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The time has come for new law graduates to turn their attention to the bar exam.

Many law grads take bar preparation courses that cost between $3,000 and $4,000, and many finance those fees—as well as their living expenses while they study—with a bar review loan of up to $16,000. (Harvard Law School presents an array of options at this page.)

So this week, we would like to ask you: Did you take a bar exam prep course? Did you take out a loan to finance it? If so, how much did you borrow? Do you have any regrets about skipping the prep course if you skipped it; taking it if you took one; or borrowing money to help you study for the bar if you did so?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What practical office tasks can you do efficiently?

Featured answer:

Posted by dhc: “When I worked for a firm, all the things my staff did that were a mystery to me really bothered me. Without the knowledge, I had to rely on them. When I decided to solo, I learned to do it all. In addition to the daily tasks, I even created my own website, automated most of my documents, and programmed my own case management software. Now I hire staff to do the things I’d rather not, but when push comes to shove, bring it on.”

This week’s question was suggested by B. McLeod. Do you have an idea for a future question of the week? If so, contact us.

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