The first tip that comes to mind is to start studying as soon as possible. The sooner you start the better. Some people believe that you need six months of solid study to prepare for an exam. This is not true.
The fastest way to get ready for your exam is to take a refresher course. This can be accomplished in less than a month. To take my law course, I enrolled in a distance learning program. This allowed me to take my studies seriously while working full-time. If you have a full-time job, consider taking a distance learning course instead of enrolling in a traditional course.
A second tip that comes to mind is to find an official provider of online training. There are a few companies that offer online courses to take before the LPO test. My favorite course is called Certified Legal Assistant Guide to succeeding in the US Government Field. This course was created by a former United States Attorney General and is the standard against which all of the exams are measured. Any online company offering a course to take before the exam should be evaluated for legitimacy.
If you already have a full-time job, then consider taking a few short courses prior to your IBSO exam. You may want to consider getting certified in criminal law, property law, or labor law. These are all related topics and will give you a leg up on the competition. If you’re still not sure what areas you would like to specialize in, check out some of the information about Specializations and Certifications at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This site provides comprehensive information on IBSO credentials and will save you time and money when choosing training.
The last bit of advice I’d like to give you is to take a multi-media approach to your preparation. If you don’t know anything about IBSO exams, you’ll probably benefit from a training video. Or, if you’re really smart, you might want to spend five or six hours preparing by doing practice interviews with local attorneys. I didn’t have access to these videos when I prepared, but if you pay close attention to the questions, they’re the same. Use the information you can gather and do the best you can!
Lastly, I want you to know that finding the right training will make all of the difference. Don’t just assume that you need to take IBSO certification classes. If you do, you may end up taking the wrong ones and wasting time and money. On the other hand, if you’re preparing for a state bar exam, you’ll want to find an IBSO training course that specifically deals with the state laws. By spending some extra time getting the right IBSO training, you’ll be able to take better care of yourself on the job and get the experience you need to succeed.
All in all, preparation for the IBSO legal officer exam should be an integral part of your overall business plan. Make sure you do as much prep as possible, and never underestimate the importance of a good coach. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve turned in a test or application only to later find out that I could have done better. A good coach will help you get over any weak points you may have, allowing you to focus on all of the positive aspects of your career.