And the question is: "Are you one of the Commercial-Bar-Prep-Program "Sheep", or are you a Go-It-Alone, Self-Studying "Goat"?"
A friend has created a blog for those of us who, for whatever reason, have decided to self-study for the CA Bar Exam. Her blog is here: Be A Goat. She has also written an excellent book about how to prepare for the exam on your own. I'm going to use it to study for the February 2012 exam if I don't get positive news this November.
The book details a very comprehensive method for going it alone. As I read it, I saw many things that I did, and many more things I should have done, to make more effective use of the time I had to study.
Her approach covers how to make the best use of your time, the order in which you could/should study the subjects, a schedule you can modify and use to plan and track your study time, and suggestions for the best supplemental materials for each part of the exam. All in all, it's a complete methodology for preparing for the CA bar exam. It makes tons of sense, and it has the added benefit of saving you a lot of money because you won't be spending $5,000 or more on a commercial bar prep program.
Plus, for every book that is sold to someone who clicks through from my blog, I get a few bucks! I've resisted suggestions from my friends to commercialize my blog, (and this is not a first step in that process.) But I'm happy to recommend something I've always wished for; a resource to help me organize an effective personal self-study bar prep program that I can adapt to my own unique requirements and limitations, and Jessica's book does that nicely.
The link above takes you to her blog, and this link takes you to a page where you can buy her book. It's about $65, which is a bargain compared to the cost of a commercial bar prep program. And it's damn cheap compared to the cost of all the other stand alone bar prep resources/books/flash-cards/outlines that address just one component of the exam.
Anyway, I like her book and I'm going to use it for the next exam (if, like I said, I have to take it again.)