study time for the bar?

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hrs per week spent studying for bar

0-10
5
9%
10-20
4
7%
20-30
7
13%
30-40
12
21%
40-50
13
23%
50+
15
27%
 
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memo2partner
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study time for the bar?

Postby memo2partner » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:58 pm

Barbri recommends 8-10 hrs a day, 7 days a week. I am so far behind, it is not funny (studied only 42 hrs last week). How much time is everyone putting in per week?

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby quakeroats » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:00 pm

memo2partner wrote:Barbri recommends 8-10 hrs a day, 7 days a week. I am so far behind, it is not funny (studied only 42 hrs last week). How much time is everyone putting in per week?


Not even close to that.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby Bronx Bum » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:02 pm

LOL wtf? It's June bro. Graze the material, if that. You'll forget it anyway. June is just to learn shit you don't already know. You don't get HARDCORE until July 4th.

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Postby jml8756 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:39 pm

Bronx Bum wrote:LOL wtf? It's June bro. Graze the material, if that. You'll forget it anyway. June is just to learn shit you don't already know. You don't get HARDCORE until July 4th.


Well, maybe July 5th? July 4th is for BBQ.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby DwightSchruteFarms » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:07 am

All depends on which state you are taking it for. Generally, CA and NY require more prep than others.

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Postby tfer2222 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:29 am

DwightSchruteFarms wrote:All depends on which state you are taking it for. Generally, CA and NY require more prep than others.


I dunno man, my TX friends seem to have more work than I do. They even have weekend lectures.

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Postby DwightSchruteFarms » Sun Jun 09, 2013 12:55 am

tfer2222 wrote:They even have weekend lectures.


Ugh, that's brutal

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Postby thesealocust » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:38 am

Bronx Bum wrote:LOL wtf? It's June bro. Graze the material, if that. You'll forget it anyway. June is just to learn shit you don't already know. You don't get HARDCORE until July 4th.


+1. All the real learning happens in panic mode between 7/4 and the bar.

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Postby kalvano » Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:19 am

tfer2222 wrote:
DwightSchruteFarms wrote:All depends on which state you are taking it for. Generally, CA and NY require more prep than others.


I dunno man, my TX friends seem to have more work than I do. They even have weekend lectures.


That Oil & Gas and Coomunity Propert and MPT shit.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby de5igual » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:39 am

tfer2222 wrote:
DwightSchruteFarms wrote:All depends on which state you are taking it for. Generally, CA and NY require more prep than others.


I dunno man, my TX friends seem to have more work than I do. They even have weekend lectures.


What's it like in other states? In TX, there's the MBE + 12 unique essay topics (no overlap with MBE) + MPT + TX Civ Pro/Evid + TX Crim Pro/Evid

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby nevdash » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:44 am

f0bolous wrote:
tfer2222 wrote:
DwightSchruteFarms wrote:All depends on which state you are taking it for. Generally, CA and NY require more prep than others.


I dunno man, my TX friends seem to have more work than I do. They even have weekend lectures.


What's it like in other states? In TX, there's the MBE + 12 unique essay topics (no overlap with MBE) + MPT + TX Civ Pro/Evid + TX Crim Pro/Evid

CA is MBE + Biz Associations, CA/Fed Civ Pro, Community Property, CA/ABA Pro Resp, Remedies, CA Wills & Trusts, CA Evidence

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby Bronte » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:09 am

I'm really annoyed that 50+ is tied for first place. Gunners.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:27 am

I'll start reporting my Paced progress to help other people feel better. 11% today. Looks like I'm supposed to be around 45-50%.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby tfer2222 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:11 pm

f0bolous wrote:
tfer2222 wrote:
DwightSchruteFarms wrote:All depends on which state you are taking it for. Generally, CA and NY require more prep than others.


I dunno man, my TX friends seem to have more work than I do. They even have weekend lectures.


What's it like in other states? In TX, there's the MBE + 12 unique essay topics (no overlap with MBE) + MPT + TX Civ Pro/Evid + TX Crim Pro/Evid


NY is MBE + MPT + 5 Essays + 50 NY MC

The essays can technically cover 21 topics, but most are really small snippets of law, and according to Barbri, only about 10 are really substantially tested (a few of which overlap with MBE)

any other NY takers can correct me on this.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby amk110 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:31 pm

I can't believe BARBRI wants us doing 8-10 hours per day, 7 days per week. Even the Lord needed a day to rest.

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Postby thesealocust » Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:50 pm

amk110 wrote:I can't believe BARBRI wants us doing 8-10 hours per day, 7 days per week. Even the Lord needed a day to rest.


BarBRI is a massive, massive flame.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby swc65 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:19 pm

thesealocust wrote:
amk110 wrote:I can't believe BARBRI wants us doing 8-10 hours per day, 7 days per week. Even the Lord needed a day to rest.


BarBRI is a massive, massive flame.

+1M


The lectures are crap, the pre-lecture practice questions are crap. The outlines and MBE ?s are the only useful material. I think they design the course to scare/confuse you then rescue you. Downloading outlines and MBE ?s from the interwebs would be 99% as effective as the whole of Barbri. Im surprised firms pay for this shit.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby neimanmarxist » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:32 pm

thesealocust wrote:
amk110 wrote:I can't believe BARBRI wants us doing 8-10 hours per day, 7 days per week. Even the Lord needed a day to rest.


BarBRI is a massive, massive flame.



Can you please elaborate and/or share what you did then? Because I'm feeling burned out and it's only the second week.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby Bronte » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:38 pm

neimanmarxist wrote:
thesealocust wrote:
amk110 wrote:I can't believe BARBRI wants us doing 8-10 hours per day, 7 days per week. Even the Lord needed a day to rest.


BarBRI is a massive, massive flame.



Can you please elaborate and/or share what you did then? Because I'm feeling burned out and it's only the second week.


Can't speak for him, but I don't think he was saying you shouldn't do Barbri, just that you shouldn't fall prey to their scaremongering or feel like you have to do everything they prescribe.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby swc65 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:44 pm

Bronte wrote:
neimanmarxist wrote:
thesealocust wrote:
amk110 wrote:I can't believe BARBRI wants us doing 8-10 hours per day, 7 days per week. Even the Lord needed a day to rest.


BarBRI is a massive, massive flame.



Can you please elaborate and/or share what you did then? Because I'm feeling burned out and it's only the second week.


Can't speak for him, but I don't think he was saying you shouldn't do Barbri, just that you shouldn't fall prey to their scaremongering or feel like you have to do everything they prescribe.


Agreed! I'm doing online only and the program is filled with more crap than substance. Also, the lectures at the beginning of each topic start with a forty minute sales pitch for MORE crappy addons.


I've trimmed it to reading the outlines, doing mbe questions, then rinse/repeat.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby ndirish2010 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:04 pm

LOL 50+. 20, at most.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby BCLS » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:19 pm

swc65 wrote:
Agreed! I'm doing online only and the program is filled with more crap than substance. Also, the lectures at the beginning of each topic start with a forty minute sales pitch for MORE crappy addons.


I've trimmed it to reading the outlines, doing mbe questions, then rinse/repeat.


This is exactly what I've been doing. Killing the MBE questions. Struggling a tad on the real property essays

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby neimanmarxist » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:56 pm

Bronte wrote:
neimanmarxist wrote:
thesealocust wrote:
amk110 wrote:I can't believe BARBRI wants us doing 8-10 hours per day, 7 days per week. Even the Lord needed a day to rest.


BarBRI is a massive, massive flame.



Can you please elaborate and/or share what you did then? Because I'm feeling burned out and it's only the second week.


Can't speak for him, but I don't think he was saying you shouldn't do Barbri, just that you shouldn't fall prey to their scaremongering or feel like you have to do everything they prescribe.



I know. I want to know which parts of BarBri other people ignored and still passed the bar. Because currently BarBri is subsidizing my paranoia rather heavily.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby sting » Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:41 pm

10 per week if I'm lucky. I was probably in the 30-40 crowd when I studied the first time around (different state), and I think I had completed about 65% of the interactive paced program by the end. I passed by a lot. Hoping the extent to which I overstudied the first time and what little I remember now will account for the fact that I'm putting about a third as much time into it this time around, because I think it's pretty much impossible to study 40 hours a week and work in biglaw at the same time.

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Re: study time for the bar?

Postby thesealocust » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:36 pm

I didn't take BarBRI, I studied using materials available on my bar's website and a condensed $99 course from baroutlines.com. It was about a month of hard studying and I spent a lot of time focused on the things most likely to be tested instead of taking a shotgun approached. Passed comfortably.

All summer people taking BarBRI bitched about the quality and consistency of the product. In particular, I felt like prepping for the essays via freely available material put me in better shape than the people who let BarBRI take care of them.




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