A lot of soon-to-be bar exam takers ask us how many essays they should practice before the bar exam. Some examinees do not practice any essays before they take the bar exam (and some of these examinees still pass the exam!) Here, we tell you our advice on how many essays you should practice before the bar exam.
How many essays should I practice before the bar exam?
We recommend that you make essay-writing a regular part of your bar exam study schedule. The exact number of essays that you write will depend on which bar exam you are taking (some states have 20-minute bar exam essays and others have one-hour essays). However, we recommend you practice essays five days a week and about one hour each day. In other words, about five hours a week. We assign our students between 5 and 10 essays per week, depending on which bar exam they are taking. This is a lot of essays (and a lot more than most courses assign). However, it can be very advantageous to practice so many essays before the bar exam. Here is why:
- You will be exposed to the issues that have been tested in the past, and often you will see issues re-tested on the actual bar exam.
- You will get used to structure and format.
- You will improve your timing tremendously, especially if you incorporate timed exams into your schedule.
- You will feel more confident and less anxious walking into the bar exam.
- You will feel more confident and less anxious walking into the MBE (usually the second day of the bar exam) knowing that you did well on the essays.
- So many bar exam takers do not practice a sufficient number of essays before the bar exam, making it an easy way to stand out from others.
- Most importantly, practicing bar exam essays is a fantastic way to increase your chances of passing the bar exam. It is often easier to substantially increase a bar exam essay score than it is to increase an MBE score (especially if you do not have months left to study for the exam). In other words, your effort will transfer into more points! It is a great way to study efficiently!
Note that after you feel comfortable with the structure and format of bar exam essays, you can start to bullet point your answers to the essays. This will make it easier to practice a large number of essays in less time.
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