How to Make a Study Schedule the Last Two Weeks of Bar Exam Prep
In this post, we discuss how to make a study schedule for the last two weeks of bar exam preparation. Many students are afraid to stray from their Barbri or Kaplan schedules. But we recommend that you do not blindly follow a pre-made study schedule. Instead, tailor your study schedule to what you need. If you struggle with Real Property and Contracts, for example, spend more time on those subjects! If you struggle with certain essay topics or if you are in a state that administers an MPT (and you haven’t even started MPTs) then make this a priority as well.
You know what you need better than a commercial course does—so do whatever makes sense for you! In this post, we divide how to prepare the last two weeks of bar exam prep into three sections: how to prepare for the MBE, how to prepare for the essay portion (and MPT portion if your state has one), and other things to integrate into your schedule. We also have a helpful video on how to pass the bar exam in ten days which we’ll link to here! :)
How to prepare for the multiple-choice portion (MBE) the last two weeks of bar prep
First, actively review an MBE topic each day. And don’t simply review one topic per day. Instead, look at each MBE subject over the course of 2 or 3 days. Not only does it make it more bearable to know that you have 2-3 days to go through a 100-page Real Property outline, but (according to science) it will also help you understand and recall the information better when you “space it out.” If you only have, say, 9 days to review all of the subjects, it would still be a good idea to include more than just one subject per day. For example, instead of doing “Real Property” on Monday and “Torts” on Tuesday, do “Real Property and Torts” on Monday then “Real Property and Torts” again on Tuesday. Pair up a difficult topic with a topic that is easier for you.
Spend more time on the MBE topics that are difficult for you. If you are stellar at Torts and Constitutional Law but you really need to review Contracts and Sales, there is no reason to treat all subjects equally (in terms of the amount of time you will spend on them). You know what you need to spend time on better than a bar review course. So allocate your time accordingly.
Answer some multiple-choice questions each day. We recommend actual, released questions from the NCBE, Emanuel’s Strategies and Tactics books, or AdaptiBar, or JD Advising (we have an online platform or 200-question exams for purchase, and you can try out 100 questions for free on our online QBank !). (In this post, we talk about where to get real MBE questions in more depth!)
How to prepare for the essay portion of the bar exam your last two weeks of bar prep
When you make your own bar review schedule, make sure to review a few state topics each day so that you can complete a “final review” of each topic. But before you plan out your schedule, let me save you some time:
- You have two weeks. Be smart about how you spend your valuable time. Do not spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing state topics that are unlikely to be tested. (If you are taking the MEE, see this post to see the most highly-tested subjects.) Spend less time on these subjects and when you do, focus on past essay answers. Many states will re-test topics they have tested in the past when they test a more unusual subject.
- On the other hand, make sure to look at topics that are pretty much always tested. These are more worth your time because you are guaranteed to see most, if not all, of these subjects.
Secondly, when you review the subjects, plan some time to continue to answer and review essays each day. While you want to have a decent understanding of the material in your outline, it is well worth your time to focus on past essay questions and study the model answers closely.
If you are in a state with an MPT, then make sure you practice MPT’s ahead of time. We have several posts to guide you on how to answer MPT questions. Do not neglect the MPT — it is worth 20% of your score in UBE states!
Other things to include in your bar review schedule
If possible, schedule a full practice essay exam and a full practice MBE day this week or early next week. It is best to do the full three-hour practice exam for each portion this week or early next week rather than right before the bar exam so you can have more time to learn from your mistakes and improve. If you struggle with timing and you have not done many timed exams up until this point, then make practice exams a priority and do even more than is pictured in the schedule below.
Lastly, do not forget to physically prepare for the bar exam. If you are studying until 3:00 AM every day and waking up at noon, it is time to change your sleep schedule now. Start getting into the habit of going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. Sleep enough. Take breaks. Exercise. And, make sure you have your transportation/hotel arrangements in order.
An example of a bar prep study schedule the last two weeks of bar exam prep
An example of a study schedule for the last two weeks of bar exam prep is below. Note that this study schedule is only one way of crafting a study schedule. You may include more or less timed exams. You may not have an MPT scheduled (if your state does not have one). You may include different or additional state subjects. (This study schedule is based on a UBE exam.)
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