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The Plan

I am the type of person that always has a plan. As an example, I have been trying to figure out HOW I’m going to study for the bar for at least the past 6 months. Most people would do the sensible thing; quit their job, enroll in a Kaplan or Barbri course, study for 6-8 weeks, and take the bar.

I have not been so fortunate.

As soon as I graduated from law school, I returned to my job at the airline. While my colleagues were studying for the bar, I was studying aircraft systems and going through requal training. That, in and of itself, took 8 weeks to complete. Once I was done with requal and back on the line, I finally took the MPRE.

So now my plan revolves around trying to study for the bar while working a full schedule at work. For those if you that aren’t airline pilots, my typical schedule is to work 4 days, and then be off for 3.

I’m working pretty much during the week for the first three weeks of the month, and then I work partial weekends at the end of the month. This is what I will likely fly, with minor variations, until I upgrade at my company.

My goal is to do as much work as I can while I’m at work, and as little as possible when I’m at home. This is possible because I bid for, and attempt to trade into, the least productive trips as I possibly can. What this means is that I’ll commonly fly one leg and then sit for 30 hours. So a typical unproductive trip might look like:

Day 1: EWR-MCI
Day 2: MCI-IAH-LBB
Day 3: LBB-DEN-RAP
Day 4: RAP-ORD-ROC-EWR

That’s not a whole lot of flying, and it also puts me in places where there’s nothing to do. Once you’ve done a few Lubbock and Rapid City overnights, you start to find things to do during your down time, such as study for the bar exam.

This is, in fact, the exact manner in which I completed 2 semesters of law school. I would bid to work Friday through Monday, then I would take classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have one day off on Wednesday. Sometimes I’d finish class on Thursday, commute in that night for a trip that starts Thursday, and then commute back to Detroit on Tuesday morning after an uncommutable finish, and then go to classes for 8 hours.

I’m not entirely sure how I made it through those 2 semesters.

The exact manner of how I’m going to be doing this remains to be seen, as I’m still working on the schedule that I intend on keeping. But in addition to my work schedule, I also have a wonderful wife, a beautiful infant daughter, a reasonably nice house and a bunch of hobbies that also take up a lot of my time.

With all that I have going on in my life, those 2 semesters may seem like a vacation.

Welcome to my new blog

If you know me, you know that I have recently graduated from law school. If you know me, you also know that I make my living as an airline pilot, not as a lawyer. The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my experience of studying for the bar exam. While many people study for the bar exam while they’re working, not many people have the schedule that I do as an airline pilot. Frankly, I wish there was a guide explaining how to do what it is that I’m about to attempt, but because there is not, I decided to write it myself.

On this blog, you will find my thoughts and experiences of studying for the bar while I’m on the road at work. I’m still in the early stages of planning, but when I’m finished with the bar exam, I will hopefully have a guide for others who also work and have to study for the bar exam.