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California Bar Exam and MPRE: Studying for the Bar

This California Bar Exam guide provides an overview of steps law students can take to prepare for the California Bar Exam and the MPRE. Information regarding deadlines, topics covered on the California Bar Exam, and other helpful resources are provided.

Helpful Information

Overview of This Section

It is common to sign up for a commercial bar review course when studying for a bar examination. In this section of the research guide, we will discuss options for commercial bar review courses, online resources for sample questions and answers for the bar exams, and general reference books. You will find a list of books on the last page of this section. Among the books listed are those that touch not upon examination skills, but rather on common sense suggestions for maintaining your good health and well-being during the time that you will be studying for the bar exam.

Studying for a bar exam can be a stressful experience, but there are steps that you can and should take in order to manage your stress and thereby improve your chances for successful results. These include:

  • Following the study schedule provided to you in your bar review course;
  • Communicating with your friends and loved ones about your need to dedicate your attention to your studies and for their support;
  • Eating well and not skipping meals;
  • Incorporating some form of exercise into your study schedule;
  • Setting aside some time each week for you to spend time with your loved ones; and
  • Remembering that studying for the Bar Exam is more like a marathon than a race--make sure you pace yourself so that you don't burn out before test time comes!