Florida Bar Exam Study Schedule
When you are preparing for the Florida Bar Exam, it almost feels like you are completely isolated and on your own. There is a gulf between you and your law school, which is for all intents and purposes is in the rear view mirror. Students have about 10-12 weeks to study for an examination that will determine their financial and career futures for the next 6-8 months at a minimum. Friends from law school seem to be tunnel-vision focused on their own Bar study, and let’s put it out there in bright-line terms, you will feel as though you are on your own.
This makes establishing a Florida Bar Exam Study Schedule critical to passing the Florida Bar Exam. Making a schedule does not mean that every day is spent in the exact same way, with the exact same number of minutes or hours of study per topic or format. It does mean that you will need to plan a few days ahead. This is more realistic and more manageable.
I encourage you not to be capsized by trying to navigate the vast ocean of Bar material and trying to produce a one-size-fits-all Florida Bar Exam study schedule. Instead, try to roll with the punches. If you know that you have spent very little time during the week on writing practice Florida Bar essays, then start Saturday and Sunday by writing two essays each morning. If you are succeeding with the MBE questions, but struggling with the Florida Bar multiple choice questions, then schedule several evenings from 6-8 (for example) to practice the topics you are struggling most heartily with.
By the third week of Bar prep, most of you will acknowledge that not all subjects are created equally. If you are scoring 50% or lower (this is quite normal at first) on property MBE questions, and 70% on torts practice questions, why would you spend equal time on the two subjects? Perhaps the better choice is to spend 2 hours with torts questions, and 4 hours on property law questions so that you can maintain your high torts scores, while growing your property percentages.
This flexibility is what I mean when I suggest that no two Florida Bar Exam study schedules should be alike, and creating an overarching all-encompassing study calendar fails to account for changing circumstances and growing needs for review in select areas.
The gist of my advice is to generate a new schedule every few days to account for your successes and struggles. Do not be rigid when flexibility is needed. If you have deficits, account for them. If you are concerned about your Florida Bar essay scores, budget time to write more. There are points to be earned and accrued across the board. Focus on just one and fail the rest? No, you want to approach the scariest and more challenging topics with greater time and energy than those subjects you have mastered. Go ahead and make a Florida Bar Exam study schedule every few days, not just once.
Written by Jonathan Jacobs