Posts Categorized: Bar Exam Coaching

BBA Announcing 2020 Law School Graduate Mentoring Program!

The BBA is thrilled to announce our new mentoring program that will provide mentorship to recent law school graduates! Our program consists of two forms of mentorship: Bar Coaching and Career Transition Coaching.

Bar Coaching will assist new graduates as they prepare to sit for the most unique bar exam in recent history. There will be additional hurdles and stressors unique to this bar exam season. This year’s Bar Coaching Program will address these unique concerns and offer support to exam takers. Coaches will assist graduates with study schedules, stress management, and other non-substantive aspects of preparing for the exam. Graduates can also expect supplemental programming from the BBA such as essay writing and attacking the multiple choice.

Career Transition Coaching takes graduates beyond the Bar Exam and helps prepare them for entering the practice of law. Graduates can expect help with their resumes, networking, interview preparation as well as general guidance on practicing in the Boston area. The program will also be supported by regular roundtable events in which participants can network and learn from each other’s experiences.

Graduates and Mentors can sign up to participate in one or both programs!

If you are a recent graduate that would like to participate in one or both programs, please complete this online information form

Interested in volunteering as a mentor?:

We are seeking lawyers who are interested in coaching recent graduates as they study for the bar and prepare to enter the profession of law. Mentors can volunteer to coach graduates for the bar, transitioning into the profession, or both. Training resources and guidance are provided by the BBA. Meeting schedules are determined by the mentor-mentee pair, though roughly once every 1-2 weeks is typical.

If you would like to volunteer as a coach, please complete this online information form.

For more information on the Bar Exam and Transition Coaching Program, please contact Doug Newton, Community Programs Assistant, at dnewton@bostonbar.org or 617-778-1918.

Thank you to our February 2020 Bar Exam Coaches!

Ahead of the February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts, 35 attorneys provided coaching and guidance to individuals taking the bar exam. The BBA’s Bar Exam Coaching Program matches coaches with bar applicants to support them throughout the preparation process. Coaches keep applicants on track with a study schedule and provide tips for managing time and stress.

The program also consists of workshops for both coaches and applicants. The BBA thanks Kandace Kukas of Northeastern University School of Law for her instructional workshop for coaches, as well as Jonny Schreiber of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and Adrian Velazquez of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for their workshop on the essay writing portions of the bar exam.

This program focuses particularly on assisting applicants who are retaking the bar exam in Massachusetts.  Through this program, we hope to provide support and community during the stressful and sometimes isolating experience of studying for the bar exam. Thank you to all the coaches who provided support:

Eunice Aikins-Afful, Alliance Foundation Trials

Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP

Thomas Barry, Fidelity Investments

Manisha Bhatt, Greater Boston Legal Services

Luke Blackadar, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

Elizabeth Broderick, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Laura Brown, Laura Brown Law Office

Emma Days, Ropes & Gray LLP

Chantal Choi, Catalant Technologies

James Coffey, Polsinelli

Susan Corcoran, De Novo

Brook Kellerman, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

Caryn Mitchell-Munevar, New England Law Boston

Szeman Lam, Proskauer Rose LLP

Kristy Lavigne, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

Yakov Malkiel, White & Case LLP

Elizabeth Olien, Todd & Weld LLP

Patrick Niebauer, Nolan Sheehan Patten LLP

Julius Halstead, Goulston & Storrs PC

Nicole Phe, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Amy Pimental, McDermott Will & Emery

Andreia Ribas Precoma, MetroWest Legal Services

Alyssa Pratt, Foley Hoag LLP

Claire Sakurada, Hologic, Inc.

Stevie Leahy, Northeastern University School of Law

Katherine Stock, Miyares and Harrington LLP

Ben Towbin, Fresenius Medical Care North America

Sarah Washington, Peabody & Arnold

Emily Notini, Goodwin Procter

Michael Xavier, Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Elmira Zenger, WGBH

Tess Foley, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Tiffany Albanese, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Rebekah Glickman-Simon, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Sheba Treworgy, Greater Boston Legal Services

Bar Exam Coaching Program in Full Swing!

The BBA is thrilled to announce that our we have matched thirty-five applicants sitting for the bar exam in February with Attorney volunteers for our Bar Exam Coaching Program! In this program, Attorneys provide guidance on the non-substantive aspects of preparing for the bar exam (stress management, study tips, etc.) to bar applicants who are re-taking the bar exam. On Monday, December 9th, the BBA officially launched our February 2020 Bar Exam Coaching Program with our Volunteer Training and Kickoff Reception events.

The training consisted of a comprehensive seminar presented by Kandace Kukas, Assistant Dean and Director of Bar Admission Programs at Northeastern University School of Law. Kandace provided an overview of the bar exam, as well as tips on helping bar applicants with organizational skills and emotional wellness as they prepare. At the reception, we were thrilled to have a former participant in the program who passed the bar exam with the help of her coach speak to our applicants and coaches in attendance. She noted that her score increased nearly fifty points from her first attempt and described how her coach was instrumental in helping her to understand exactly which preparation habits would be beneficial. Attendees of the reception also heard from Wadner Oge, Staff Attorney at the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. Wadner described the rigor of preparing for the exam, noting that there are no ways around putting in many hours of preparation over the course of several months.

As part of this program, we have also planned two workshops for our bar applicants and coaches. The first, taking place on January 6th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, will be presented by Jonny Schreiber of Iron Mountain as well as Adrian Velazquez with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This workshop will offer guidance on the essay portions of the bar exam. The second will be presented by Barbara Bowe, who works in Clinical Services at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. Barbara will educate our coaches on recognizing signs of stress and anxiety in bar applicants as they prepare for the exam.

We at the BBA thank each of these excellent speakers for supporting our coaches and applicants as they prepare for the bar exam. If you are a bar applicant interested in participating in this program, or if you have any questions, please contact Doug Newton at dnewton@bostonbar.org.

Public Service Spotlight: Helping Future Lawyers Pass the Bar

Taking the Bar Exam is stressful. And for those who have already taken the exam and are sitting for it again, the anxiety may be even greater. The BBA’s Bar Exam Coaching program offers free coaching to help applicants navigate the process, anxiety, and expectations that come with preparing for the Bar Exam.

The program focuses on providing support to applicants who are retaking the Uniform Bar Examination in Massachusetts, although first-time takers can also be matched with a coach based on availability. Applicants are matched with volunteer attorney coaches who have received training from experienced bar prep staff to assist with the non-substantive elements of preparing for the exam, including mental preparation, effective study techniques, and time management. Over half of applicants participating in the program work full time while studying for the bar exam, making the support of a coach who can help with time management and study schedules even more critical. Since the program’s official launch in 2017, 57% of participants served by the program have been bar applicants of color.

If you know an applicant taking the exam in February of 2020 who would like to be connected with a coach, you can send them this online information form.

Boston Bar pro bono and public service projects are made possible by funding from the Boston Bar Foundation.

BBA’s Bar Exam Coaching Program Now Seeking Coaches and Applicants

Taking the Bar Exam is stressful. And for those who have already taken the exam and are sitting for it again, the anxiety may be even greater. Since establishing the Bar Exam Coaching program in 2015, the BBA has helped more than 200 people, pairing them with attorney-coaches, who volunteer to help guide applicants through the process of preparing for the exam. This program is specifically designed for those who are retaking the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in Massachusetts, but first-time takers can also be matched to a coach, based on availability.

This program is now open for sign-ups for both volunteer coaches and bar applicants for the February 2020 Bar Exam. Coaches are trained by experienced bar prep staff to guide applicants through the non-substantive elements such as mental preparation, study tips, and time & stress management.

Volunteer coaches can sign up here.

Bar applicants can sign up here.

Contact Hannah Poor at hpoor@bostonbar.org with additional questions.

Thank You to our Bar Exam Coaching Program Volunteers!

Ahead of the July 2019 Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts, 14 attorneys provided coaching and guidance to individuals taking the bar exam. The BBA’s Bar Exam Coaching Program matches coaches with bar applicants to support them throughout the preparation process. Coaches keep applicants on track with a study schedule and provide tips for managing time and stress.

This program focuses particularly on assisting applicants who are retaking the bar exam in Massachusetts.  Through this program, we hope to provide support and community during the stressful and sometimes isolating experience of studying for the bar exam. Thank you to all the coaches who provided support this summer:

Joshua Cohn, Holland & Knight LLP
Susan Corcoran, De Novo
Nickeisha Davidson, Massachusetts Probation Service
Emma Days, Ropes & Gray LLP
Anthony Faillaci, Burns & Levinson LLP
Tess Foley, WilmerHale
Caitlin Gossett, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families
D. Paul Koch, Jr., Finard Properties LLC
Kristy Lavigne, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Brendan Lowd, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C.
Yakov Malkiel, White & Case LLP
Tracy Morong, Massachusetts State Ethics Commission
Christina Simpson, The Law Office of Christina Simpson
Conor Slattery, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP

Good Luck to July 2019 Bar Applicants

The BBA wishes the best of luck to all applicants sitting for the July 2019 Bar Exam! The Exam will take place on July 30th and July 31st in Boston and Springfield.

Volunteers with the BBA’s Bar Exam Coaching Program, which matches applicants sitting for the bar exam with attorney coaches, are currently supporting 13 bar applicants as they study. Coaches provide study tips, time and stress management assistance, and moral support as the applicants prepare for the exam.

Good luck!

Taking the Massachusetts Bar Exam in July 2019? Sign up for Bar Exam Coaching!

The BBA invites those taking the Massachusetts Bar Exam in July 2019 to sign up for our Bar Exam Coaching program. We know you’ve got the academic part of your bar prep under control, but let us help with the mental, emotional, and practical preparation. We are ready to connect you with attorney-coaches from diverse personal and professional backgrounds to offer guidance on time management, effective study techniques, and stress management. Our program is designed for those who are retaking the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in Massachusetts, but first-time takers can also be matched to a coach, based on availability.

To sign-up for the program, please fill out this online information form.

The program has successfully helped more than 200 applicants to pass the exam. Earlier this year, we interviewed Kate Cook of Sugarman Rogers on the success of her coaching partner, a repeat bar applicant who passed the July exam. You can read that story here.

#TBT | The Experience of a Bar Coach

Since 2015, the Boston Bar Exam Coaching Program has matched 141 coaches and 205 bar applicants ahead of each bar exam iteration in Massachusetts. Involvement in this program offers both exam takers and coaches a unique opportunity to form a mentor and mentee connection that may extend beyond the volunteer months.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, let’s take it back to 2015 and read the first-hand experience of former Bar coach, Kate Cook of Sugarman Rogers, that proves hard work and determination pay off, and the importance of remaining positive while mentoring an aspiring lawyer.

If you are taking the Bar Exam in July and would like the support of a coach, or are interested in volunteering as a coach, please click here.

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Co-Chair Kate Cook Reflects on Bar Coaching
Original Publication Date: 2015
“As BBA Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section Co-Chair Kate Cook left the BBA’s Annual Meeting Luncheon last week, she checked her phone and saw she had a missed call. It was from the law school graduate Cook had mentored as part of the BBA’s Bar Coaching Program.

The pair first met in January, after Cook’s mentee had not passed the Bar Exam on her first attempt. In spite of young woman’s continued diligence and Cook’s best efforts as a coach, the bar exam applicant did not pass a second time over the summer. Cook felt she had let the aspiring lawyer down. But after a pep talk from Chief Justice Ordonez, who helped launch the Bar Coaching Program in 2015, Cook resolved to stay focused, positive, and determined to help her coaching partner pass.

When Cook was able to connect with her coaching partner last week, she learned their hard work had paid off!

“I believe the Bar Exam Coaching Program can and does make a difference. I am so pleased that my mentee (and now friend) will soon join the Bar. I can’t wait to see all the great things she accomplishes,” Cook said.

For more information on the Bar Coaching Program, please click here.”

Thank You to our Bar Exam Coaching Program Volunteers!

Ahead of the February 2019 Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts, 45 attorneys provided coaching and guidance to individuals taking the bar exam. The BBA’s Bar Exam Coaching Program matches coaches with bar applicants to act as a cheerleader throughout the process. Coaches keep applicants on track with a study schedule and provide tips for managing stress and time.

This program targets working with applicants who are retaking the exam in Massachusetts, and of this winter’s participants, 38 were retaking the exam in February. Through this program, we hope to provide support and community during what can feel like an isolating experience. Thank you to all of the coaches who provided support this winter:

Ana Alvarado, Northeastern University School of Law
Brittany Besler
Elizabeth Broderick, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Laura Brown, Law Office of Laura Anastasia Brown
Elmira Cancan Zenger, WGBH
James Coffey, Polsinelli
Joshua Cohn, Holland & Knight LLP
Susan Corcoran, De Novo
Emma Days, Ropes & Gray LLP
Janelle Dempsey, Moriarty Troyer & Malloy LLC
Jessica DiBacco
Christopher Dodge, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Anthony Faillaci, Burns & Levinson LLP
Tess Foley, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Robert Friedman, Burns & Levinson LLP
Nicole Gallerano, Nixon Peabody LLP
Alexandra Gill, Gill Law
Eric Haskell, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Naitasia Hensey, State Street Corporation
Stephanie Holding, Boston University School of Law
D. Paul Koch, Jr., Finard Properties LLC
Szeman Lam, Proskauer Rose LLP
Kristy Lavigne, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Katie Leung
Brendan Lowd, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Jessica Lu, Brown Rudnick LLP
Yakov Malkiel, White & Case LLP
Lauren Maloney, Vigorito Barker Porter & Patterson LLP
Christina Miller, Suffolk University Law School
Geraldine Muir, Boston University School of Law
Emily Notini, Goodwin Procter LLP
Nicole Phe, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Dana Pierce, State Street Corporation
Amy Pimentel, McDermott Will & Emery
Alex Praschma, Spartan Race, Inc.
Rebekah Provost, Justice Resource Institute: Health Law Institute
Abbigail Shirk, MetroWest Legal Services
Christina Simpson, The Law Office of Christina Simpson
Eileen Sprague, Glynn Law Offices
Katie Stock, Miyares and Harrington, LLP
Ben Towbin, LibbyHoopes, P.C.
Sheba Varughese, Greater Boston Legal Services
Christine Wahr, McDermott Will & Emery
Chaloea Williams, U.S. District Court-MA
Samuel Zuckernik, Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP

If you’re interested in signing up either as a bar applicant or a coach ahead of the July exam, please visit our website here.