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 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 several reasons why:

You are more likely to pass if you start studying early for the bar

While plenty of students do very well by focusing on their 8-10 week BARBRI Bar Review course, we have found that those who engage with BARBRI Early Start 67 days or more before the course begins are statistically even 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 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 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 the law faster and helps you retain it longer. BARBRI Early Start helps you build a solid foundation that will stay with you throughout the bar exam.

Studying smarter 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 started with BARBRI Early Start, included with BARBRI Bar Review.

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