About Allison Pincus

Allison is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. She attended UC Berkeley School of Law, where she earned the American Jurisprudence award in her criminal law course. She is currently clerking for a federal judge. 

Before law school, Allison worked at a civil rights law firm as a paralegal and also worked as an assistant teacher and tutor at a low-income charter school.

During law school, Allison served as a TA in the 1L skills program, where she provided feedback on students’ writing and oral advocacy skills. She also worked in the housing clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center helping tenants avoid eviction, and she interned at the ACLU. Allison spent the summer between her 2L and 3L year at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in the litigation group. She is a certified yoga instructor, and in her spare time enjoys cooking.

Where to Study for the Bar Exam: Environment Matters

Where to study for the bar exam: environment matters (talk about using a co-working space to study, interview friends about where they studied and what the pros/cons were)This week we welcome guest writer Allison Pincus, tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Allison discusses why it’s important to pick the right location for your bar study, and what her personal experience was finding a place to study.

“Where have you been for the past few days? We were so worried!” This was the response I received from the greeters when I signed in at my co-working space the day after I took the bar exam.

Of course my family and friends all knew I was sitting for the bar at the end of July. And the employees at my co-working space knew I had been studying, and studying hard – but they hadn’t known exactly when the exam was taking place. I hadn’t shown up to study as I had been doing every day, and they were afraid that I had given up.

There is lots of advice out there about how to study for the bar exam, including useful tips like knowing if it’s too early to begin, and creative strategies for how to study. The prevailing wisdom is to limit distractions and other obligations while studying for the bar, but how does this apply to your study environment? What about where to study for the bar?

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