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What should I focus on when studying for the BAR exam?

Asked Pikeville, Kentucky

I want to start preparing for the BAR exam...but I don't know where to start! #law #criminal #lawyer #criminallawyer

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Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas


To get an idea of what law school exam questions might look like, I recommend you get a copy of a "Gilbert Law Review" book. They make them for different subjects. I have one on Evidence that is pretty interesting, and another one on "Civil Procedure." At the back of the book, they give you questions to work on. They are very complex questions.

You have to approach the question methodically, with a whole checklist of questions. So, they might give you a situation: A customer spills his drink in a club, slips on it, bangs his head, and requires medical care. He then wants to sue the club. Initially, you think, gee, it's his own fault. He spilled the drink. But you have to ask, "what caused him to spill the drink?" "What did he bang his head on?" etc. etc. etc.

The books are very thorough. I just looked and found one on Constitutional Law, selling for $20 - $40. A good library should also have them. There are many topics: Contracts, Business Law, Torts, Immigration Law, Family Law, Wills & Probate, Criminal Law, etc.

Because you are so young, once you have looked at these books, I'd recommend focusing on preparing for the LSAT - the Law School Admissions Test. It is also very intense. There is a whole section referred to as the Logic Games. If you do not know how to solve these problems, you will not have time to try to figure them out. One example: Mary, John, and Sue went to a concert. One of them was wearing a red shirt. The one who was wearing a baseball cap was wearing a blue shirt. John took a taxi. The one who took a bus was not wearing a baseball cap. . . . (that's not the whole problem, just an example. You have to figure out who is wearing what color of shirt, and what transportation they used to get to the concert.) There are study guides available to help you, and actual classes you can take to prepare for it.

R’s Answer


Looking at your profile, you're still in your early teenage years.

The best way to prepare for the Bar at this age is to Read. Read read read. Improve on your reading skills--that will set a good foundation.

Next, in college, focus on logic and critical thinking classes. This will help you score better on the LSAT.

Next, in law school, take good notes when you're taking the general law classes.

After law school, use a prep course that helps you structure your Bar preparation.

Paul V.’s Answer

Updated Tampa, Florida

Analysis of issues spotted in hypothetical situations and writing ✍️ answers to said hypothetical questions elaborating on different outcomes based on various interpretations of the laws about Contracts, Real Property, our Constitution, Family cases, etc.

Paul V. recommends the following next steps:

  • Making you own flashcards could be extremely beneficial. There are general state bar flashcards available commercially, if you’d prefer to purchase some
  • Find a study partner or group to discuss issues and potential answers with
  • Review law school course outlines and notes from last 3 years of law school

Jeanette’s Answer


I went to a bar preparation course and I strongly recommend that you consider that if your finances allow it. I did an internet search with the search "preparation for bar exams" which brought forth a lot of articles and other resources of interest.  The website www.barexamtoolbox.com looks like a promising source of useful information.  There were many articles and websites with tips on how to study for a bar exam.

Jeanette recommends the following next steps:

  • Do an internet search on preparation for bar exams and read a variety of the information located on the subject. I recommend that you include www.barexamtoolbox.com among your resources.
  • Consider whether it is feasible for you to take a bar preparation course from a professional provider of such courses. In my internet search I located information about a company called Flemings. There is also information about such provides on www.barexamtoolbox.com. I recommend that you take a bar preparation course if you can.
  • Devote all of your spare time to studying for the bar exam.
  • It is important to get plenty of rest before the bar exam so that you will be focused.
  • Join or form a study group with others who are preparing for the bar exam.