We are excited to introduce Bar Exam Success: A Comprehensive Guide. Authored by Sara J. Berman, a nationally recognized bar exam expert who has decades of experience in both faculty and administrative positions in law schools, bar review, and academic success programs, Bar Exam Success (the successor edition of Pass the Bar Exam: A Practical Guide to Achieving Academic and Professional Goals) is an ideal resource for adoption in law school academic and bar success courses, and as recommended reading for your students they prepare for the bar. Text and audio versions of Bar Exam Success will be available in the West Academic Study Aids Collection, giving your students complimentary access if your school subscribes.

As everyone in law schools knows, there is no more important concern to your students than bar passage. There are deep fears among today’s law students that the deck is stacked against them. While there are no quick fixes, there are proven success strategies that students can and should adopt early on to assist on the road to bar passage. This book helps students adopt the type of sound preparation that requires hard work, doctrine and skills mastery, and ongoing practice with feedback as part of formative assessment over a period of time.

Bar Exam Success includes concrete skill-building strategies for all parts of the bar exam. Its chapters are filled with concrete advice on such critical aspects of bar preparation as time management, multiple-choice testing strategies, financial planning, combatting distractions, building confidence and fighting imposter syndrome, and how to enlist the support of family and friends. The book’s exercises will help your students deal with the many life challenges that may prevent them from doing the work that needs to be done to pass the exam. And its focus on both traditional and non-traditional law students will also provide immense support, validation, and assistance to your first generation students and students from underrepresented backgrounds, part-time and returning students, and students who have extensive family or work obligations outside of law school.

Bar Exam Success walks students through doable steps that complement the important work of your ongoing academic support and bar success programs. The small investment of time reading this book will yield extraordinary dividends for students. Students will begin to view the entire bar preparation process as one of positive empowerment rather than “torture” or the needlessly difficult hazing ritual that many see it as.

Connect with Sara Berman on Twitter @PASSLawProf, or via email.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Career Guides
Publication Date: 11/18/2019

Sara J. Berman, Touro University Law Center


This title is available in our CasebookPlus format. CasebookPlus provides support beyond your classroom lectures and materials by offering additional digital resources to you and your students. Anchored by faculty-authored formative self-assessments keyed to our most popular casebooks, CasebookPlus allows students to test their understanding of core concepts as they are learning them in class – on their own, outside of the classroom, with no extra work on your part. CasebookPlus combines three important elements:

  • A new print or digital casebook
  • Access to a downloadable eBook with the ability to highlight and add notes
  • 12-month access to a digital Learning Library complete with:
Multiple-choice self-assessment questions, including:
  • Chapter questions keyed to the casebook
  • Black Letter Law questions (available in select subjects)
  • Subject area review questions for end of semester use
Essay and short answer questions with sample answers and expert commentary, in 1L and select upper-level subjects

Leading digital study aids, an outline starter, and audio lectures in select subjects

Students can still utilize CasebookPlus digital resources if they've purchased a used book or are renting their text by purchasing the Learning Library at westacademic.com.

With CasebookPlus, you can customize your students' learning experience and monitor their performance. The quiz editor allows you to create your own custom quiz set, suppress specific quiz questions or quiz sets, and time-release quiz questions. Additionally, the flexible, customized reporting capability helps you evaluate your students' understanding of the material and can also help your school demonstrate compliance with the new ABA Assessment and Learning Outcomes standards. Learn more about the reporting available to you from your Account Manager or view the course set-up instructions to get started.

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“Professor Berman has written an illuminating and helpful book, drawing on cutting-edge social science, that teaches students how to master the bar exam and flourish in law school. Her insights are shaped by years of experience and advances in psychological and learning sciences. If law students read this excellent book, perhaps as early as when arriving to law school, they will develop skills they can exercise and master to achieve success.”
‒Victor D. Quintanilla, Indiana University Bicentennial Professor; Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

“From helpful study tips to suggestions for minimizing distractions, this book is an excellent resource to guide students through the challenges of bar study. Professor Berman is a seasoned professional, who condenses years of experience into easy to read and follow advice, perfect for anyone serious about passing the bar exam.”
‒Paula Manning, Professor Western State College of Law

“Wanting to shape your destiny, this book is a must-read coaching manual with action plans to boot. Professor Berman takes the mystery out of bar prep, providing hosts of inspirational tips, courageous learning strategies, and concrete wisdom for overcoming the oft-expressed intimidation that so easily immobilizes many from achieving bar exam success––success that is well within the grasp of all law school graduates aspiring to serve as professional attorneys––none be barred. This book is not meant to be read but lived. Navigate your path through this book and you will be well on your way to passing your bar exam.”
‒Scott Johns, Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the DU Bar Success Program, Denver University Sturm College of Law

“This is a must-read book for law students and law professors. It provides practical suggestions so that students can be successful in law school, law practice, and the bar exam. It is fun to read and can be used by students on their own or in a class. The self-assessment tools are particularly valuable. As a law professor, I look forward to using this valuable resource with my students.”
‒Jane Bloom Grise, Director of Academic Enhancement and Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, University of Kentucky College of Law

“This book is a fantastic resource. It offers an approach, starting in 1L, that can help varied types of students develop critical skills needed for success on the bar exam with a mix of skill-building and metacognitive strategies that also help students succeed in law school. I am excited to incorporate these strategies in my 1L and 2L classes.”
‒Nicole R. Lefton, Assistant Professor of Academic Support and Bar Preparation, Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

“I love the book and use it as a personal reference to coach my students, especially those who are first generation. It captures high expectations for success and normalizes the sense of inadequacy that they all feel and fear. It helps them to acknowledge it and push past it in both substance and tone. The underlying expectation is that the reader will pass the bar exam. When they read it, it keeps them tethered to their goals and their practical strategies amidst the panic, because it builds in intentional recursiveness.”
‒Kimberly Williams D’Haene, Director of Law Academic Success, Georgia State University College of Law

“If I could give only one resource to someone who wants to increase the likelihood of passing the bar exam, it would be this book. Author Sara Berman tells the truth about the challenge of bar preparation while showing the taker how—through preparation, planning, and practice—success is achievable. Rather than scaring them, the book encourages bar takers. That, itself, is why I will refer all my students to it.”
‒Benjamin V. Madison III, Professor and Director of the Bar Passage Initiatives, Regent University School of Law

“This book is like having a personal trainer help you prepare for the bar exam. It is a doubt-busting, confidence-boosting, interactive tour guide on the road to success. Sara Berman gives practical advice on motivation, time management, financial planning, and more. This book both explains and motivates—students will be wise to take Berman’s advice, encouragement, and support.”
‒Catherine (Cassie) Christopher, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Bar Success, Texas Tech University School of Law

“Along with the excellent strategies on studying and test taking, Professor Berman illuminates the unspoken barrier to success, namely the student’s mindset. This guide aptly describes the various barriers encountered by students and suggests interventions to maintain a positive and healthy outlook for success.”
‒Rodney Fong, Associate Dean for Academic Achievement, Institutional Assessment & Bar Preparation, and Clinical Professor of Law, The University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School