The Bar Exam is Easy Helps Bar Takers Pass for a Lot Less Money

The Bar Exam is Easy is a great book and before you sign up for a bar review course, you should expose yourself to the information inside because it has helped A LOT of people pass the bar – including people who failed previously.

When I call my own book great, I’m not doing it because I’m some self-aggrandizing idiot like Donald Trump. I’m doing it because I have several emails of people telling me how much the book helped them. I can recall specifically being told The Bar is Easy helps in confidence, lowering fear and anxiety, and/or saving study time. I’ve also been told of people being referred to the book by others.

The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming that my book is at least worth a read-through.

Will The Bar is Easy Help Everyone?

No. I’ve received some 1 star reviews on Amazon. Some people are fixated on the fact that I failed the bar exam twice and therefore my advice is invalid.

Other people think my study recommendation of foregoing lectures and outlining and diving straight into the practice questions is bad advice.

And to the extent that people learn optimally in different ways, I would agree that some people will absorb material better with lectures/outlining. However, I will add the caveat that you’re still going to have to practice MBE and essay questions repeatedly.

Is My Book Revelatory?

No, The Bar is Easy doesn’t have any magical secrets; you won’t find out how the ancient Egyptians built pyramids. But it is against the old guard. The bar exam is a multi-million dollar industry and it has a lot of people fooled including law professors and lawyers.

When it was my turn, everyone that dispensed advice on how to study said to take a bar review course. And these were very smart people who I respected and still respect greatly. Nevertheless, it was sub-optimal advice.

I’m not going to say it was bad advice because there’s nothing overtly bad about advising people to take Themis, Barbri, Kaplan, Ameribar, or any of the other traditional courses. Bad advice would be saying don’t worry about it, just study some of your old outlines two weeks before the test.

The sub-optimal part of it is these courses can cost as much as $3,900 and can get you unnecessarily wrapped up in any number of their “features and benefits” in attempts to display their value to you.

A few thousand sounds paltry relative to your student loans, I know. And your parents/spouse will urge you to take the damn course and get the job done. But that’s the “I’m big so let me knock this door down” approach. Can you knock the door down? Probably, but at what cost?

What I’m advocating is that you take the more intelligent, seemingly obvious approach of turning the door knob and seeing if you can open the door that way. This way you can get inside and you don’t have to pay for a new door and install it.

$1,500+ is a lot of money. 100 hours is a lot of time. Why not keep them and give yourself a better chance of passing?

Why I Wrote It

I wrote this book mainly because newly graduated law students are unnecessarily wasting thousands of dollars on over-inflated, under-delivering bar courses and it pissed me off then (and it still pisses me off now).

What I didn’t see ten years ago and what you might not now (particularly because of the fear of God everybody instills you with before the bar exam) is that the bar exam is industry business and there are huge profits at stake in all of this.

This means there is no altruism in their actions. Their motivation is first to profit and second to profit. So if a better, less expensive way of studying came about, would they climb to the top of a mountain and shout it out for all to hear? No.

Think about it. If it were really about the bar taker, why not just sell the practice books individually without the course?

The answer is obvious: They’re in business. They have to do whatever they think will best maximize their profit. I’d advise them that a piecemeal selling proposition is a more evergreen approach but reasonable minds may differ and all that.

I haven’t looked in a while but I make somewhere between $150-$400 a month on the book. It just depends on the month. For a while I was offering an hour coaching consultation for $95 but I don’t do it anymore unless someone asks or wants to take up a significant amount of my time.

If I could partner with a bar course that I thought was worth the money (books cost money), meaning their value would intersect at their price point, I would but I haven’t to date.

This is all to say, I’m not entwined in the business of the bar exam so my advice is pure(r). If you buy my book, I make money about $6.50 and if you buy a book from Amazon through one of my affiliate links I get a 6-7% commission, but that’s it.

And in a sentence, I’ll tell you what my book says: Study by practicing the questions over and over again.

Here’s my affiliate link or you can just search bar exam on Amazon and it will come up. Also, you can always return the book within 7 days if you don’t feel like the value is there.

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And with that, you have complete transparency into The Bar Exam is Easy. My business model is to hope more people continue to buy it. My value proposition is $9.19 for potentially saving you thousands of dollars and/or dozens of hours of time while offering you a more effective theory on how to study.

And now we’re back to the beginning of this post where I said my book is great. The conclusion is based on the evidence: the risk/reward, the anecdotal evidence, the market evidence — why wouldn’t you buy it?

Even if you think the book sucks and won’t help you at all, just return it and all you’re out is an hour of your time.

Creating a Texas LLC: How to Start a Limited Liability Company

Shifting your sole proprietorship or informal hobby or business to a limited liability company “LLC” is a prudent move because it decreases the likelihood you’ll be personal liable for things done in the course of business.

In other words, forming an LLC is a positive step towards risk reduction.

The problem is most people are beginners to entity formation and end up paying some service $95-$595+ just to file their Certificate of Formation (Form 205) for them; they don’t know that Form 205 really isn’t complicated.

What ends up happening is the commercial services take your money and turnaround and ask you all the same questions Form 205 is asking and then file with the Texas Secretary of State.

If your budget is at all a concern, you can immediately lower this cost by filling out Form 205 and filing it yourself.

What I noticed is many of the free online guides run through the process, providing just enough information to make you think registering with the state is harder than it is and then conveniently placing an ad for their LLC filing service right next to it.

Noting the gap in the marketplace, I created The Texas LLC Guide to help DIYers file their LLC with the Texas Secretary of State. The website is TexasLLC.org.

The guide is written in plain English and contains a step-by-step breakdown and explanation of each fill in the blank question asked in the Certificate of Formation. I’ve written it an unofficial supplement to the instructions on 205.

Inside the guide (a downloadable PDF), I also write about some of the key things you need to be aware of when forming an LLC. For example, you will need an Operating Agreement for your LLC.

Although it’s not legally required, an Operating Agreement is crucial to the existence of your LLC. Not only does it help with personal asset protection (since it’s an important document in showing you operate your company separate from your person) but it also outlines membership interest, how the company is to run, etc.

My guide takes less than 30 minutes to read and costs $15-$20 but will save DIYers money on their initial filing with the state and help them better understand how to run their Texas Limited Liability Company.

Buy the guide at TexasLLC.org or if you have any pre-sales questions, leave a message the Facebook page or comment below and I’ll answer general information questions (nothing specific to your company or situation – you have to hire an attorney for that).

Everything is Until it Isn’t Isnt

We do a horrible job evaluating what entities (people, things) are.  We see things for what we’re told they are, what they appear to be, what other people think they are, and/or what we want to believe – not for what they truly.

This inability to accurately evaluate creates shock.

Remember Bernie Madoff?

For years, he was a super rich, philanthropic investment advisor.  Then, one day he was a scam artist perpetrating the largest fraud in U.S. history.

Remember the food pyramid?

For decades it was the standard for how we should construct or daily diet.  Then, one day it wasn’t; it was quietly transitioned into the government’s My Plate.

Remember when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa got in a home run race?

For a season they captivated the nation while every one of their home run balls was tallied and cheered.  Then the steroid scandal broke and they were scorned as cheaters.

Remember when Target was hacked?

For as long as you can remember, your credit card information was safe and secure in their database.  And then one day they were hacked and it wasn’t.

Sometimes things change things as they evolve.  But other times, things don’t change; it’s only our interpretation that becomes different.

To maintain standing, entities will insist the popular outlook is the right one.  They’ll do it right up until they can no longer.

Everything is…until it isn’t.