For those who had to take a second bar exam to get licensed in a new jurisdiction while working, how did you time your studying? I.e., how many weeks out did you start studying if you were only able to study part time, and did you take any time off leading up to the exam?

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I took 6 weeks off to study full time, and didn’t start before then. It was NOT enough time, I’ll be shocked if I pass. Definitely either take more time or start part time studying after work way sooner.

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I took a fall exam, and then shortly after took a February exam, so I wasn’t that rusty for February as much as someone who took a year+ between. Even then, I got my bar prep company to give me a good deal to open up my prep course again, and took three weeks off before the February exam. I spent about 1.5 weeks speeding through all of the stuff I already studied, and the other 1.5 weeks studying the state-specific material that was on the February exam. Passed both times on the first try.

Now that I thought about this more, I actually took 4 weeks. Same split though.

I took a course and followed the material. Initially I did 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the evening but it was hell. I ended up doing 12 hour days Saturday and Sunday with two weeks off to study. One week in the middle of the program and the week of the exam.

I did this preUBE. It was a bit over 5 years post law school graduation/first time I took the bar. I don’t necessarily recommend my approach, but it worked.

Took February bar, started studying right at the New Year. I used Kaplan online and studied past state essays, focused on the shorter lecture sessions for things I was fairly familiar with and only listened to the longer lectures for state specific stuff and topics I either had zero experience in or had never taken a class.

Daily schedule: weeknights work until 6, hard stop and went home. Dinner with family/kiddo bedtime. Study 8pm-midnight or 1am. Rinse and repeat. Weekends studied in library or coffee shop 8am-2pm ish. Family time in afternoon and evening. Study 8pm-midnight. I took the Thurs and Friday off the week before the bar, as well as Monday (day before the bar). Back to work day after bar finished.

Not really. I just focused on the high value stuff and didn’t get bogged down in details.

I did lots of practice essays and MBE problems to get back into the bar exam mindset. Also, I just wanted to pass. If you can write the essays how the bar exam graders want to see them, even if you don’t know the actual law you just make something up you’ll get points. I’d been a judicial clerk in two courts and had practiced for a few years so I could at least state a legal principle or rule that made sense or was partially correct, even if it wasn’t entirely, 100% accurate.

I took the exam in NY in the summer of 2021 and then in Florida in the spring of 2022 so the information was still relatively fresh in my mind. In my situation, Florida reciprocated my MBE score so I only needed to sit for the Florida day.

I probably started studying in earnest about 6 weeks out and mainly studied at night after work. I think I took about 2 days off which was mainly just to travel to the testing site.

There are 2 ways. The first is the inefficient 8 week slog that we all do after law school trying to learn “all the law. “

But as an already licensed attorney you can also do it in 6 weeks if you do it proper. YOUR GOAL IS TO SCORE POINTS, NOT MEMORIZE EVERY RULE.

Watch the lectures once, for the sole purpose of getting the gist of each topic and noting tips and tricks they give.

You can get a passing score on essays even if you get the rule statement wrong if you issue spotted, formatted your essay the way they want, spit out some reasonable rule statement, applied the facts to your rule, and have a conclusion. Better yet, if you memorize cold the first paragraph of every topic, you’re virtually assured to get a passing essay score.

On MBE’s: do a ton; devote time to track the ways they try to trip you up; thoroughly read the explanations of why every wrong answer was wrong; and when answering use your logical lawyer brain to first eliminate any answers that don’t make sense (i.e. that rationale is correct but doesn’t logically flow with the “yes” or “no” that precedes it). When you eliminate the impossible and those with the tell tale signs of trickery, the right answer usually stares you in the face (provided you remember some version of the rule).

Review the most tested topics and rule statements and put most of your effort there. You don’t need a perfect score you just need a passing score which is a C…

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