Should I start studying early for the bar exam?

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By Mike Sims, BARBRI President

Every year, students ask me if they should start 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 several reasons why:

If you start studying early for the bar exam, you’re more likely to pass

While plenty of students do very well by focusing on their BARBRI Bar Review course over 8-10 weeks, we have found that those who engage with BARBRI Early Start before the course begins are statistically more likely to pass the bar exam the first time. Even just a little work can make a big difference. Since BARBRI Early Start is included with your BARBRI Bar Review course, there’s no reason not to start early.

Spreading the work out avoids burnout later

Studying for the bar is a marathon, not a sprint. Time spent building key bar exam skills early is time saved during your bar review course. If you can devote some time to BARBRI Early Start before your bar review course starts, you’ll take a little stress out of your bar exam preparation.

Early learning provides foundation

We’ve all crammed for a final exam, and sometimes it worked. Cramming won’t work for the bar exam. Learning will. BARBRI Early Start is an on-demand, self-directed experience that teaches you key bar exam skills early through Immersion workshops such as MBE Immersion and Essay Immersion. BARBRI Early Start helps you build a solid foundation that will stay with you throughout the bar exam. Learn how BARBRI Early Start can help you build a solid foundation through bar prep with this video walkthrough.

Simply put, people who start early have a better chance of passing the bar. Get started with BARBRI Early Start, included with BARBRI Bar Review.

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