Physical Fitness While Studying for the Bar Exam
Now more than ever, physical activity is an important step you can take to maintain your health and wellness. We encourage daily socially-distanced exercise as an essential part of your bar study routine, whether you run, walk, or participate in online classes for yoga.
If you're nose-deep in studying and are finding it difficult to carve out time to work out, staying physically active in shorter windows of time is certainly possible as well. There are a number of mobile apps designed to help you train from the comfort of your home, such as Nike's Training Club app, or stay physically active next to your desk with short-burst, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) activities using mobile apps like Tabata. The trick is just to keep moving. Science tells us that physical and mental health are closely interconnected.
Even walking will benefit you during this time. Take advantage of the many health benefits walking has to offer and use it to build mental endurance as you progress toward your next goal.
Mental Fitness While Studying for the Bar Exam
There are many helpful apps designed to provide you with tools to cultivate greater emotional well-being and improve academic performance. These include Headspace, 10% Happier, Waking Up, and Calm, which is offering a free two-month trial. WellTrack includes relaxation exercises, simulated situations to deal with specific anxieties (including public speaking), and a course on resilience specifically designed to help manage and gain perspective on COVID-related emotions (membership required).
Student Health Insurance
Recent graduates are encouraged to seek alternative coverage well before the termination of their current plan. You should confirm when your current coverage through your law school (or other source) ends. You may want to consult with your alumni association or state bar for local referrals for short-term insurance coverage.
The ABA Law Student Division and ABA Insurance Program have created an excellent guide to health insurance for law students and recent grads.
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Students are encouraged to have a financial plan through the time that they sit for the bar, including a safe and affordable place to live. Many law schools have shared information about bar study loans and COVID-related emergency loans. AccessLex has provided emergency funds to law schools across the country and also offers many valuable resources, including webinars and one-on-one coaching for students and graduates.