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.