How many hours should I spend studying for the bar exam?

Getting ready to take the bar exam? We know you have a lot of questions. We’ve compiled the most common ones here, with answers from two experts.

Ashley Heidemann is owner and founder of JD Advising, a law school and bar exam prep company. Patrick Lin is founder of Bar Exam 101, a Los Angeles bar exam tutoring company. He is a former grader for the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

How many hours should I study for the bar exam?

Ashley Heidemann: If you were an average law student, then studying for the bar exam for about 400 hours will likely be sufficient. About 200 hours should be dedicated to learning the law and memorizing your outlines. The other 200 hours should be spent completing practice questions.

Keep in mind that this recommendation may change depending on your circumstances. For example, if you did really well in law school (especially your first year), you may be able to put less time into studying for the bar exam. On the other hand, if you really struggled in law school, you may need to put in more time. Further, if you graduated from law school years ago, you may need to study longer than if you just graduated. Be sure to take into account your personal circumstances when determining how much time you need to study in order to pass the bar exam. 

When should I start studying for the bar exam?

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