With the bar exam being slightly less than a month away, now is a good time to begin the deep concentration on memorizing the black letter law of every testable bar subject. This is where the value of outlines increases because you need to memorize the law.
Confronted with 3 essays covering 9 (or more) issues, you need to be organized and quick-witted to write passing bar exam answers. You should never spend time on the actual exam days daydreaming how to type the perfect encapsulation of the elements for a breach of contract fact pattern. Furthermore, if you have to pause to remember the elements for an action in negligence, you need to consider spending more time on memorization.
I still believe that your state bar examiner's published "model" essays are some of your best resources for bar study. Why? Because these are essays deemed to have passing scores by their jurisdiction, and in many instances, these essays are some of the highest scoring examples of writing under intense pressure.
Do not let the length of some essay answers intimidate you. If you can cover every issue and are economical yet precise with your analysis, you can still dominate. You will also find some incorrect statements of black letter law in these essays so don't take them as the ultimate authorities.
In any endeavor, it is wise to see how the successful behave. By reading past essay answers, you get a sense of what issues you need to spot, what you need to memorize, and how to engage in proper analysis.
If you have paid for a commercial bar course, there is no doubt that your educator made attempts to get you acclimated to exam day: from simulated half and full-day exams to timed-writing exercises. All of these techniques can increase your performance on the bar exam.
For those of you willing to study outside of a commercial course, you can simulate the bar exam for thousands of dollars less by using past bar exam materials such as those released for FREE by most state bar examiners.