As the bar exam approaches, we’re sure many of you are tired of spending so much time at the law library. The good news is, you don’t need to spend all your study time there! We’ve created a list of some other places to study while you are preparing for the bar exam if you want to give yourself some variety in study locations. Some of these locations may not be for everybody, and each has their own perks. If you have anywhere you like to study that we didn’t list here, let us know!
Your Local Shopping Mall
A shopping mall may seem like a strange place to study to some. Malls are likely to be loud and filled with families or teenagers roaming around. Having crowds of people around usually does not have a positive impact on studying.
However, a shopping mall can be a great place to study if you are not bothered by the ambient noise. Many malls offer free parking and free WiFi, plus the food court can provide some tasty options for a study break snack. You can even go shopping in the mall when you’ve decided you’re tired of looking at study materials.
A Gym or Fitness Center
This depends on the gym you attend, but many gyms have smoothie bars, cafes, or restaurants where you can sit down and spend some time reviewing materials for the bar. You can play a game with your studying where you do a certain amount of squats or lunges per question answered incorrectly once you are done with your study session. It will also give you the added benefit of not having an excuse to workout that day!
The Student Union
Quite a few student unions have comfortable lounges with chairs and tables, many outlets, and even whiteboards if needed. If you just graduated or are still attending school, you should also be able to use the school’s WiFi connection! Plus, you may even run into some other current/former law students studying for the same bar exam as you who can help you understand those pesky Formation of Contracts questions.
Studying in a park gives you a much-needed excuse to go outside and the added benefit of as much room as you want to spread out. Why spend hours in a dark room surrounded by bookshelves, a slightly musty book smell, and people constantly telling you to be quiet when you could be enjoying the sunshine, breeze, and maybe even working on a tan? If you want to take a break from the studying and people-watch or go for a walk you’re in a perfect position to do that as well! Spending your study time in a park is a good way to relieve some of the stress you may be feeling as you prepare for the bar.