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  • Writer's pictureTommy Sangchompuphen

Channeling The Force: Using "The Phantom Menace" Quotes for Bar Exam Guidance and Inspiration

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," I had the pleasure of experiencing this cinematic milestone in a theater once again on May the 4th, also know as "Star Wars Day." This viewing was particularly special because I shared it with my youngest son, marking his first journey into the expansive Star Wars universe.


Witnessing his reactions to the unfolding saga—his intrigue at the characters, his amazement at the battles, and his laughter at the antics of Jar Jar Binks—reminded me of the film's timeless appeal and its ability to capture imaginations across generations. This experience also got me thinking about the enduring wisdom embedded in the movie's dialogue, wisdom that remarkably aligns with the rigorous challenges faced by bar examinees today.


Here are 10 memorable quotes from "The Phantom Menace" and how they can be linked to useful tips for bar examinees:


💬 "Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice."


This line is spoken by Yoda during a Jedi Council meeting when discussing the Sith's secretive nature. It explains the Sith tradition of always having exactly two members—a master and an apprentice—to maintain secrecy and control.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Like this Sith rule of two, consider having a mentor during your bar exam prep. A seasoned guide who has been through the process can provide invaluable advice and motivation.


💬 "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."


Yoda offers this wisdom to young Anakin Skywalker when he senses the boy's fear of losing his mother. Yoda is warning of the emotional path that can lead to the Dark Side of the Force.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Manage exam anxiety effectively. Fear can cloud judgment and impact performance, so practice mindfulness and stress-relief techniques to stay calm and focused.


💬 "I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war."


Queen Padmé Amidala says this to the Galactic Senate, expressing her desire to resolve the conflict engulfing her home planet, Naboo, peacefully rather than escalating to war.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Avoid choices that can escalate your stress or lead to burnout. Plan your study schedule wisely, balancing intense sessions with necessary breaks.


💬 "Your focus determines your reality."


Qui-Gon Jinn shares this insight with Anakin, teaching him about the importance of concentration and belief in shaping one's perception and experiences, particularly in relation to the Force.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Stay focused on your studies and the goal ahead. Your perception of the exam shapes your preparation approach, so maintain a positive and determined outlook.


💬 "You can't stop the change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting."


Shmi Skywalker comforts her son, Anakin, as he struggles with his fear of the future and leaving her to train as a Jedi, reminding him that change is an inevitable part of life.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Embrace the inevitable changes and challenges that come with preparing for the bar exam. Adaptability is key to overcoming unexpected hurdles.


💬 "There’s always a bigger fish."


Qui-Gon Jinn says this to Obi-Wan Kenobi after a giant sea creature attacks their transport, only to be eaten by an even larger predator. It's a moment that emphasizes that there are always larger forces at play.



Tip for Bar Examinees: No matter how well-prepared you think you are, there’s always more to learn. Use this as motivation to continue pushing yourself to understand the material deeply.


💬 "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent."


Qui-Gon Jinn utters this quip to Jar Jar Binks, who is rapidly speaking without much thought, pointing out that simply talking a lot isn't the same as saying something worthwhile.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Quality over quantity applies to answering exam questions as well. Craft your answers thoughtfully and concisely, focusing on showing your understanding rather than just filling the space.


💬 "He is the chosen one. He will bring balance."


Qui-Gon Jinn believes Anakin is the prophesied "Chosen One" who will bring balance to the Force and argues this point when presenting Anakin to the Jedi Council.


Tip for Bar Examinees: Strive for balance in your preparation. Overworking one area at the expense of others can lead to gaps in knowledge. Diversify your study to cover all necessary topics effectively.


💬 "I have a bad feeling about this."


Obi-Wan Kenobi says this to his master Qui-Gon Jinn as they approach the planet Naboo, sensing the impending danger that sets the stage for the movie’s conflict.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Trust your instincts. If you feel unprepared for a particular topic or need more practice with certain types of questions, take the time to address these weaknesses.

💬 "At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."


Darth Maul says this to his master, Darth Sidious, indicating the Sith's long-standing grudge against the Jedi and their plans to finally confront and overthrow them.



Tip for Bar Examinees: Use the culmination of your studies as a moment to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. Let the exam be your moment to shine and achieve the justice you’ve worked so hard for.

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