By Mike Sims, BARBRI President
Every year, students ask me if they should begin studying early for the bar exam. Does it hurt or does it help? Our experience and data tells us that students should begin studying for the bar exam early if at all possible. Here are 5 reasons why:
You are more likely to pass the bar exam
While plenty of students do very well following their Personal Study Plan during their BARBRI Bar Review course, we have found that those who engage with BARBRI Early Start Bar Review 67 days or more before the course begins are statistically even more likely to pass the bar exam the first time. Since BARBRI Early Start is included with your BARBRI Bar Review course, there’s no reason not to start early.
Bar exam pass rates are lower than they were in the past
While National Mean MBE scores have recovered a little over the past couple of administrations, they still remain lower than they were several years ago. That’s one reason why we make Early Start Bar Review available to BARBRI Bar Review students several months prior to the BARBRI Bar Review course start date.
Spreading the work out avoids burnout later
Studying for the bar is a marathon, not a sprint. Time spent learning early is time saved during your bar review course. If you can devote about 24 total study hours to BARBRI Early Start before your bar review course starts, you’ll take a little stress out of your bar exam preparation.
Early learning is not forgotten – it’s foundation
We’ve all crammed for a final exam, and sometimes it worked. Cramming won’t work for the bar. Learning will. BARBRI Early Start is an on-demand, self-directed experience that teaches you the law faster and helps you retain it longer. BARBRI Early Start helps you build a solid foundation of Multistate mastery – a foundation that will stay with you throughout the bar exam.
Studying smarter, not harder, makes a difference
BARBRI Early Start focuses your study on the 25 most frequently tested bar exam subtopics. Students who complete this early work have a head start on the areas of law that are most frequently tested on the actual exam.
Simply put, people who start early have a better chance of passing the bar.
Get BARBRI Early Start with your BARBRI Bar Review enrollment. Because passing the bar is everything.