Posts Categorized: Bar Exam Coaching

Bar Exam Coaching Program July 2022 Recap

Since its inception in 2015, the Boston Bar Association’s Bar Exam Coaching Program has matched 341 exam takers with coaches that assist with the non-substantive aspects of the bar exam. The program has two sessions each year, preparing exam takers for both the February and July exams. We recently wrapped up the July session for those taking the bar on July 26th and 27th.

This program would not be possible without our volunteer coaches. Coaches provide applicants with advice as they prepare for the bar-exam as well as a direct support system from someone who has been in the applicant’s shoes before. Join us in thanking our list of volunteers below!

Jon Bartelson (Committee for Public Services)

Karen Bobadilla (De Novo)

Sydney Burns (Prince Lobel Tye LLP)

Jessica Conklin (Laredo & Smith, LLP)

Lesley Chuang (DLA Piper)

Alexa Daniel (Boston Bar Association)

Blair Edwards (Cooley LLP)

Rontear Farmer (Department of Labor Standards)

Scott Garland (Affiliated Monitors, Inc.)

Lauren Hamill (Day Pitney LLP)

Kaitlyn Hansen (Peabody & Arnold LLP)

Alexandra Klindienst (Massachusetts Appeals Court)

Kristy Lavigne (Massachusetts Office of Bar Counsel)

Ginny Lee (Mintz)

Cathleen Liacos (Arrowood LLP)

Leslie Ann Lopez (Buoy Health)

Sara Mackey (Boston Bar Association)

Mackenzie Mayberry (Buoy Health)

Jenna Miara (MA IOLTA Committee)

Josh Miller (Acadia Management Co.)

Carlos Monroy (Chartwell Law)

Chris Mooney (Sullivan & Young, LLP)

Kaitlin Morel (Strang, Scott & Giroux)

Sean Nabi (Olympus Corporation)

Kianna Phillips (Mintz)

Mikaela Rice (Strang, Scott & Giroux, LLP)

Julia Royce (Sherin & Lodgen)

Anant Saraswat (Wolf Greenfield)

Dimitri Skuret (Rob Levine & Associates)

Rachna Vyas (Choate)

William Walsh (Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C.)

In addition to the coaching component of our program, the BBA also hosted four workshops. These workshops provided substantive and practical advice to applicants, providing them with crucial information to help improve their scores and overall well-being while preparing for the bar exam.

Our first workshop, led by Adrian Velazquez (Committee for Public Counsel Services), Eunice Aikins-Afful (Dragonfly Therapeutics), and Jonathan Schreiber (Massachusetts Association of Realtors) on June 1st, provided attendees with crucial tips for the essay portions of the exam. Our Stress Management workshop on June 8th, led by Dr. Healy (Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc.), encouraged our bar applicants to prioritize their mental health as they prepare for the exam and it provided them with valuable resources to rely on for support. Our last set of workshops, led by Nicholas Horan (Boston University School of Law) on June 14th and June 15th, focused on preparing for the MBE and MPT portions of the bar exam.

We wish all of the July 2022 applicants in our Bar Exam Coaching Program the greatest luck and success with the exam and we look forward to offering this program again to February 2023 applicants!

The BBA Bar Exam Coaching Program is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Public Service Grant, which supports the public service and pro bono projects of the BBA.

Bar Exam Coaching Program February 2022 Recap

Since its inception in 2015, the Boston Bar Association’s Bar Exam Coaching Program has matched 311 exam takers with coaches that assist with the non-substantive aspects of the bar exam. The program has two sessions each year, preparing exam takers for both the February and July exams. We recently wrapped up the February session for those taking the bar on February 22nd & 23rd, 2022.

This program would not be possible without our volunteer coaches. Coaches provide applicants with advice as they prepare for the bar-exam as well as a direct support system from someone who has been in the applicant’s shoes before. Join us in thanking our list of volunteers below!

Karen Bobadilla (De Novo)

Sydney Burns (Prince Lobel Tye LLP)

Rick Darst (Brown Rudnick LLP)

Brian Galletta (Brian K. Galletta –Attorney at Law)

Kaitlyn Gauck (Women’s Bar Foundation)

Lauren Hamill (Day Pitney LLP)

Karen Iovaine (Iovaine Legal, PC)

Cory Lamz (Buoy Health, INC)

Kristy Lavigne (MA Office of Bar Counsel)

Ginny Lee (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C.)

Leslie Ann Lopez (Buoy Health)

Kianna Phillips ((Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C.)

Cassandra Prince (Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP)

Cassie Ramos (Biogen Inc)

Simone Shapiro (Atwood & Cherny)

Erica Tritta (Law Office of Erica J. Tritta)

Benn Waters (Lusha Systems)

Cecily Wilbanks (Greenberg Traurig, LLP)

In addition to the bar coaching component of our program, the BBA also hosted three workshops. These workshops provided substantive and practical advice to applicants, providing them with crucial information to help improve their scores and overall well-being while preparing for the bar exam.

Our first workshop, led by Adrian Velazquez (Committee for Public Counsel Services) and Eunice Aikins-Afful (Dragonfly Therapeutics) on January 4th, provided attendees with crucial tips for the essay portions of the exam. Our Stress Management workshop on January 11th, led by Dr. Healy (Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc.), encouraged our bar applicants to prioritize their mental health as they prepare for the exam and it provided them with valuable resources to rely on for support. Our last workshop, led by Professor Robert Coulthard (New England School of Law) on February 9th, focused on preparing for the MBE and MPT portions of the bar exam.

We wish all of the February 2022 applicants in our Bar Exam Coaching Program the greatest luck and success with the exam and we look forward to offering this program again to July applicants!

The BBA Bar Exam Coaching Program is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Public Service Grant, which supports the public service and pro bono projects of the BBA.

Bar Exam Coaching Program Now Seeking Applicants and Coaches for February 2021

Bar Exam Coaching assists new graduates as they prepare to sit for the bar exam and face all the stresses that come along with studying. The program addresses both test taking preparation and offers support to exam takers.

Coaches 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 MBE. All training and materials for coaches is provided by the BBA. If you would like to sign up to receive a coach for the February 2021 exam, please complete this survey If you would like to sign up as a coach, please complete this survey. We will begin matching coaches and applicants on January 8th. Please reach out to dnewton@bostonbar.org with any questions.

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!