This essay stops far short of advocating for a three-year bar exam course in place of a traditional law school education. It does not even argue for dedicating the final semester of law school to bar exam preparation. Rather, it suggests that the incorporation of elements of bar preparation into the law school curriculum actually can accomplish the dual objectives of, first, making law school education more efficient, and, second, enhancing the students' educational experience and grasp of the legal principles and skills necessary for passing the bar and, ultimately, becoming better lawyers.
Specifically, this essay urges law schools and law faculty to consider (i) increasing the emphasis on teaching certain "bar exam skills" (i.e., skills necessary for success on the bar exam) across the law school curriculum, including in doctrinal courses, and (2) deliberately nurturing "will"- motivation, persistence and resilience-in law students.
Emmeline Paulette Reeves, Teaching to the Test: The Incorporation of Elements of Bar Exam Preparation in Legal Education, J. Legal Educ. 645 (2015)