3-Month Bar Exam Study Schedule

A bar exam study schedule is crucial to passing the exam. Every day of your bar exam prep is key to your ability to pass the bar, so you need to stick to a plan that gets you through all the materials in an organized way. Lucky for you, we’ve put together the perfect plan to help you conquer the uniform bar exam!

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Three months is the typical amount of time a law student will spend preparing for the bar exam, largely because most students study the summer after they graduate. However, three months may not be the right amount of time for you if you’ll already be working or if you still have a couple of classes remaining until you graduate. If you will be working full time, we’ll be putting together a six-month bar exam study guide (stay tuned!). If not, read on to learn how you’re going to pass the bar in three months!

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3-Month Bar Exam Study Schedule: Month 1-magoosh

Week 1

Primary Goals

  • Finalize your bar exam plans like travel or hotel arrangements, if necessary.
  • Set out your bar exam study schedule.
  • Familiarize yourself with the MBE, MEE, and MPT.
  • Start making your own flashcards.

Game Plan

  • Your success on the bar exam depends on you sticking to your study schedule. You need to study for 50-60 hours a week for 12 weeks, so make sure to set up your bar exam study schedule to allow for that amount of studying. Do not plan to take off any more than one day a week.
  • Decide now how you will manage the stress of the upcoming weeks. You need an effective plan in place to ensure you can get through this intense time and anything that may come up during the next few months. You cannot fall behind while you’re studying, so figure out any help you may need during the next few months, including some extra money in your budget for lots of takeout food!
  • Establish your daily study schedule based on your individual needs.
  • Order all the materials you plan to study with if you haven’t already!
  • Take time to learn about the three sections of the UBE—the MBE, MEE, and the MPT—and how they’re scored and structured. Studying for an essay topic on the MEE is very different than a multiple choice question on the MBE. Learn the difference now so that you can make the most of your study time!

Weeks 2 to 4

Primary Goals

  • Start your substantive law review by studying topics for the MBE.
  • Complete MBE practice problems.
  • Use your flashcards to memorize!

Game Plan

  • Spend these three weeks learning four of the substantive law topics for the MBE: Real Property, Con Law, Contracts, and Civil Procedure. (You will focus on the remaining three topics in the upcoming weeks.) Every day, you should plan to spend at least three hours in the morning reviewing each topic, and then four to six hours in the afternoon and evening doing practice problems, essays, and flashcards.
  • Since the MBE makes up half of your bar exam score, you need to start practicing MBE questions right away and throughout your months of study. Plan on a few hours of MBE practice problems each day.
  • Remember: studying for the bar exam is different than studying in law school. The trick to the bar exam is memorization. Your mantra for the next couple of months is memorize, memorize, memorize. Break out those flashcards, find a willing friend, and get memorizing!

3-Month Bar Exam Study Schedule: Month 2-magoosh

Weeks 5 and 6

Primary Goals

  • Study the remaining MBE substantive law topics.
  • Complete MBE practice problems.
  • Use your flashcards to memorize!

Game Plan

  • In the same way you learned the first four MBE topics, commit to learning the remaining three MBE topics: Contracts, Evidence, and Torts. Stay focused on learning and committing all of the information to memory. Watch lessons or read through your outlines in the morning, and then review what you’ve learned in the afternoon through flashcards and MBE practice problems.
  • Stay strong. Bar exam prep is no easy task but you have to keep going. Find ways to stay calm and have some fun during this time. Your brain needs breaks to keep learning—what better excuse for a dinner out with friends? But don’t take too long! (Just kidding. Take time to relax.)

Weeks 7 and 8

Primary Goals

  • Learn the substantive law topics for the MEE.
  • Incorporate MPT and MEE practice.

Game Plan

  • As you learned in Week 1, the MEE is made up of six 30-minute essays on a range of topics. The primary MEE topics tested are the same as those on the MBE, so luckily you’ve been studying those for weeks! Your goal now is to review the topics that are not on the MBE, and practice writing responses to the MEE questions in the time allotted. Aim to complete at least 10 practice MEE essays over the next two weeks, and review sample answers to see where you can improve.
  • Learn the MPT strategies that will help you get the most points on this UBE section. Then, try practicing these strategies by completing practice MPTs with a timer. And remember: practice makes for a passing bar exam score (perfection not required)!

3-Month Bar Exam Study Schedule: Month 3-magoosh

Weeks 9 and 10

Primary Goals

  • Complete a full-length MBE.
  • Complete practice essays and practice MPTs.

Game Plan

  • Take a full length MBE and review extensively. Set aside a full day and take an entire MBE under test-like conditions. This means reserving a room at the library and leaving Fido and any other distractions at home. You’ll be glad you did. You’ll need to set aside seven hours: three hours for one session, one hour for lunch, and three hours for another session. It’s going to be a grueling day so be sure to have a nice incentive waiting for you at the end!
  • Complete 10 practice MEE essays and review sample responses. Note areas where you could have improved your answer so you can grab those points on the real bar exam.
  • Take the time to complete at least two practice MPTs with a timer. MPTs are often neglected by students, but it’s critical that you practice reviewing all the facts and laws you’ll be given and writing a response within the limited time. You want to get as many points as possible on the MPT, and the only way to do this is to practice and compare your answers with the point sheets provided by NCBE.
  • Keep your head up – only two weeks of studying left!

Weeks 11 and 12

Primary Goals

  • Review substantive law.
  • Do enough MBE practice problems to keep them fresh.
  • Get on the sleep schedule you’ll need for taking the bar exam.
  • Confirm bar exam transportation and lodging.

Game Plan

  • Spend the next two weeks doing a final review of all substantive areas of law. Focus on any weaker areas, but don’t completely ignore your strengths. You want everything to be fresh when you’re walking into the bar exam.
  • Continue working through MBE practice problems and MEE prompts. Spend time reviewing the correct answer choices and sample essay responses, but don’t focus too much on your mistakes. Remember that you don’t have to a get a perfect score to pass the bar, so just keep learning as much as you can!
  • Set your sleep schedule. Now is the time to go to bed and get up at the times you’ll need to on the days of the bar exam. And be sure to set out your test day plan for food, transportation, etc.!

Bar Exam Study Schedule Takeaways

By sticking to a bar exam study schedule, you can ensure that you cover all the areas of law you need to learn in order to pass. If you follow the bar exam schedule presented here, including finding ways to keep your stress in check, you’ll conquer the uniform bar exam. From all of us here at Magoosh, good luck!

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