Study for the Bar Exam the Right Way with this Never-Fail Color-Coded Highlighting System

Preparing for the Bar Exam requires you to process and compartmentalize a massive amount of information such that it’s primed in your brain for quick and accurate recall. Using a color-coded highlighting system is an easy and effective way to categorize and sort the deluge of facts in your bar review materials. As a bonus, changing marker caps will help allay the deadening monotony of studying for the bar!

So consider the Never-Fail Color-Coded Highlighting System this bar prep season and say goodbye to failure (and all your white clothing):

  • YELLOW: Provisions of the federal constitution
  • PINK: Judge-made law
  • FUCHSIA: Judge-made law that has or will become historically embarrassing
  • ORANGE: Federal Statutes
  • BURNT UMBER: Laws specific to your jurisdiction that you’d never heard of before bar review class
  • BLUE: Definition of legal term
  • INDIGO: Definition of legal term in Latin
  • CERULEAN: Definition of legal term that has not been relevant in at least two centuries but may still appear on the bar exam
  • SPARKLING SAPPHIRE: Definition of “mayhem.”
  • PURPLE: Landmark court decision
  • LAVENDER: Decision that sounds familiar like it was probably important but you can’t remember the first thing about it (e.g., Missouri v. Holland)
  • PUCE: Decision that might not have been all that important but will nevertheless sound impressive if you drop it in an answer (e.g., Cooley v. Board of Wardens)
  • REDACTION BLACK: That one case you got painted into a Socratic corner about by your nastiest professor when you were a 1L
  • CLEAR: Anything your bar review instructor says will “definitely be tested”
  • GREEN: Terms that make you break into giggles when you’re on your 14th straight hour of studying (“Tee hee, ‘Fee simple’”)
  • OLIVE: When your giggle fit loops back around into panicked sobs
  • RED: Oops you are now crying tears of blood
  • SILVER: When you start to feel a glimmer of hope because you actually remember something from contracts
  • GOLD: When it’s time for an alcoholic study break.
  • Try out the color-coded highlighting system this year. And let your law review books drip with the blood of fallen highlighters.

Robin Hitchcock is an American writer living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an inactive member of the bar which makes her much less bitter than working lawyers. Robin writes sketch comedy for the Pittsburgh-based all-female troupe Frankly Scarlett and performs improv comedy with Cape Town's The Long Shots. Robin is also a staff writer for the feminist media criticism site Bitch Flicks. You can find more of her writing at her blog, tumblr, and Twitter.


  1. Mordecai

    May 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Proper, effective bar prep requires ramen noodles, beer, hydrocodone, and Lucky Charms cereal. Cap’n Crunch in a pinch.

  2. Viki

    June 6, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Shit!! I really could have made it through law school……..

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