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Bar preparation can be confusing… Let’s take a look at how you can get started today.

What is bar prep about? What am I even supposed to do?

People call it different things: bar review, bar preparation, studying for the bar exam…

If you ask me, it’s right in the name — preparation.

In other words, we’re not here to simply “study” or “review” things. We’re here to prepare to pass the bar exam. This, of course, includes studying and memorizing rules. That’s a given. It also includes things like time management, mental and emotional fortitude, juggling other responsibilities like work or family, learning the law, learning how to apply the law, and learning how to learn.

The word “preparation” is loaded with many different micro-actions, and it can take many different forms depending on where you start and what you need. It’s more involved than simply going through a program because ultimately you’re the one doing the learning. I just want to make that clear up front.

But you’re also not alone! Come join our active community of bar takers in the private Make This Your Last Time Facebook group. Having at least one other person who “gets” you will make bar prep more manageable.

Resources to get you started

That said, here is a quick list of guides and resources you can check out to get a head start on your preparation right away:

3 Rules for Effective MBE Preparation:

How to Systematically Identify Issues in an Essay (Without “Issue Spotting”): (important)

 Get the Performance Test Toolkit (v. 1.6) by signing up for my weekly emails:

 Suggested Supplements (good for 2019):

Taking UBE/MEEs? Find free and paid essay questions and analyses:

 Watch me speak in the Bar Study Motivation Podcast:

 Free Graded Essay Answer Bank (2013 and after, mostly for CA essays):

I need more of your old essays. Any jurisdiction welcome!

If you’re studying for the CA bar, visit BarEssays for more real graded essays. For a $25 coupon code, join my weekly email list (or the FB group above):

 Bar Exam Success Stories:

 Case Studies:


 Which bar prep should I take?
Barbri if you have to choose one.

Only if you’ve made a conscious decision about it. You’ll forget 99% of it. Bootcamp-style videos reviewing practice exams and such are OK.

 I failed. Where do I start?
Clarity is power. Craft a flexible and personalized study schedule that fits your own circumstances:

 Why did I fail?
Could be one or many reasons. Sometimes there is no reason. Your score report is a good place to get an initial bearing.

See my score analyses if you’re a CA bar taker:

 What are some things that repeaters did differently to pass?
Here’s my list:

And regrets of other bar takers:

 Which supplements should I get?
Check the Suggested Supplements link for a quick list of the most effective supplements:

 I already got everything. What next?
Use them (again). They’re only as effective as their wielder.

 Do I have enough time?
Make the time. You can learn a lot even within two weeks. 10+ weeks is better. 3-4 months is ideal.

 Lean Sheets or Magicsheets?
Magicsheets, duh. Ask around if you’re not sure.

See all my premium study resources and samples here:

What do I offer?
👉🏻 MAGICSHEETS: condensed outlines
👉🏻 APPROSHEETS: essay approach checklists and flowcharts
👉🏻 PASSER’S PLAYBOOK 2.0: step-by-step blueprints, strategies, tools, and approaches for efficient and effective bar preparation (plus sample study schedules and example student schedules for CA bar and UBE)
👉🏻 MENTAL ENGINES: mental support program

 Should I get AdaptiBar for the MBE? It’s kind of expensive.
There’s no rush. You can always get it later. If you’re on the fence, take a look at my balanced review:

 Should I get BarEssays if I’m studying for the CA bar?
I recommend it. Standard subscription should be fine.

 Do you have coupons for ___?
👉🏻 $30 off AdaptiBar (not needed if you’re re-enrolling since you get an automatic discount)
👉🏻 $25 off BarEssays (CA only)

Yup! I also have coupons for BarIssues (CA only) and Esqyr (AdaptiBar alternative) if you’re interested. Just sign up for weekly emails below to get them right away: