How to Stay Safe Studying for the Bar Exam During COVID-19

Many jurisdictions are offering in-person bar exams (either in the summer or fall) with only a few committing to remote exams. If you are wondering how to stay safe while studying for the bar exam—and during the actual exam—check out these tips from identical triplets, two doctors and a lawyer!

Ashley Heidemann, Esq. interviewed her two identical triplet sister doctors, Lauren Heidemann, MD and Danielle Heidemann, MD, for some basic advice on staying safe while studying for the bar exam during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of their useful advice can be found below.  

Tip #1: wear your face mask (and wear it properly!) 

When you study for the bar exam—and take the bar exam—if you are around others, make sure you are wearing your face mask. And, make sure you are wearing it the right way.   

Danielle Heidemann, MD advises to make sure your face mask “always covers your nose and mouth.” In other words, don’t place your face mask below your nose, even if you find that more comfortable. She also recommends that “if you remove it for any reason, make sure you remove it from the ear loop parts and not the front of the mask.” If you touch the front of the mask, you risk getting germs on your hands. 

Lastly, “wash your hands after touching your mask or face for any reason.” By wearing a face mask properly—and removing it properly—you maximize your chances of avoiding germs. 

Tip #2: use hand sanitizer the right way! 

Lauren Heidemann, MD clarifies that hand sanitizer is not necessarily more effective than soap and water. She states that both “are pretty much equally effective.” 

However, she recommends using soap and water “if you get something visible on your hands (like if you sneeze or get dirt on your hands or anything that you can see).” Danielle Heidemann, MD notes that “if you are using hand sanitizer, make sure that after using it you let it dry out completely after getting it on every surface of your hands as well.” That way, you will maximize its effectiveness. 

Tip #3: follow recommended advice from your doctor regarding coronavirus vaccines.  

Lastly, Lauren Heidemann, MD states that as of right now, “there are no medications known to prevent coronavirus”. Thus, you should always consult your doctor before taking medications or supplements with the hopes of combatting coronavirus.  

Good luck staying safe while studying! 


Interested in learning more? Check out the full interview here.