At what time does the bar exam start?

Almost every state bar exam start on a Tuesday and goes on for 1 or 2 more days (like in California, where the bar exam lasts for 3 days).

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The bar examination is normally divided into two different types of sessions: the essay questions (and sometimes state law multiple choice questions) and the performance tests (in some states), and the Multiple Bar Examination (200 multiple-choice questions). Each session of the examination is three hours.

The following table shows the examination schedule of the bar exam in California:


Day A.M. Session P.M. Session
Tuesday Essay 1, 2, 3 Performance Test A
Wednesday MBE (100 questions) MBE (100 questions)
Thursday Essay 4, 5, 6 Performance Test B

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Top 10 things to do before studying for the bar exam

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1. Decide how are you going to study the bar exam. You have three options:

  1. Study on your own ($)
  2. Study with a bar prep course (mainly Barbri, Kaplan or Themis) ($$)
  3. Study with a tutor ($$$)

2. Plan your meals. Since you are going to be dedicating long hours to studying, plan your meals in advance. For example, there are grocery stores that deliver groceries to your home.hotel_clipart

3. Make hotel reservations. Although it is too soon to know where you are going to take the exam, you can book a hotel room in the closest hotels to the locations you have selected. You will have time to cancel the reservations later, once you know which location you are going to take the bar exam.

4. Check your health. Because you want to avoid unpleasant surprises while studying for the bar, it is a good idea to pay a visit to the dentist and to the doctor to make sure you are in good health.

5. Check your legal matters. Make sure that you are not going to face any legal trouble. For example, check that your lease is not going to expire during the months you will be studying. Or if you are an immigrant, confirm that your visa will be valid while studying.

6. Make sure you can take the bar exam. Confirm that all required forms have been filed with your State Bar and that you are allowed to take the bar exam.

7. (Try to) Put your love life in order. Try not to fall in love or you will be too distracted. If you are planing on breaking up, break up before starting to study. In any case, make sure that your loved one understands that you are going to be really-really busy for 3 months.


8. Plan your bar exam vacations. Plan your vacations pre-bar exam, and plan your vacations post-bar exam. You are going to need both!!

9. Read about other people experiences about the bar exam. Now that you have the time, learn from what other students have experienced while studying for the bar exam. It will help you to understand better what you are going to face for the next three months.

10. Enjoy your last days as a law student or as a non-bar-student!! Try to get as much sleep as you can, have fun and do all the things you are not going to be able to do for a little while.

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What is the difference between an accessory to a fact and an accomplice?

In order to understand the different between those two figures, it is important to identify the 3 possible parties to a crime:

1. Principal: one who, with the intent to commit the crime, CAUSES the crime to occur

2. Accomplice: one who, with the intent the crime be committed, AIDS, COUNSELS or ENCOURAGES the principal

3. Accessory to the fact: one who, with the intent to help a felon to SCAPE or AVOID ARREST or trial, RECEIVES, RELIEVES or ASSISTS a known felon AFTER the felony.

Graphic Parties to a crimeThus the difference between an accomplice and an accessory to the fact is of a matter of time.

  • An accessory before the fact is a person who aids, abets, or encourages another to commit a crime but who is not present at the crime scene
  • An accessory before the fact may be held criminally liable to the same extent as the principal.
  • Many jurisdictions refer to an accessory before the fact as an accomplice.

The liability for each party is different:

  • The principal and accomplice are liable for the (1) CRIMES COMMITTED by the principal WITH the accomplice’s ASSISTANCE and for (2) all the FORESEEABLE CRIMES (rest of crimes committed without the accomplice help).
  • The accessory to the fact is just liable of a obstructing justice crime.

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Well, maybe not that much. But while studying for the bar exam you MUST rest and sleep 8 hours per night.


By sleeping, you allow your brain to retain the information you so hard have been trying to put in while in the library. And by sleeping, you also guarantee that you will be fresh and ready to study the next day.

If you do not sleep enough time is more than possible that in the weeks before the exam you will be exhausted and burn out. So to guarantee that you will be a 100% ready when you must need it: SLEEP.

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Studying for the bar exam – 10 Tips

When studying for the bar exam you should consider the following tips:

  1. Take it easy. You have in front of you a two or three long months. Studying for the bar exam is like a marathon so don’t burn yourself by studying like crazy on the firsts weeks.
  2. Take it like a job. Think of this period as if you were going to work. Studying for the bar is your job. You are going to be your own boss, so set the rules and FOLLOW them.
  3. Set a place to study. In order to prepare your brain to study decide where are you going to study (your desk at home, a library, a coffee place). And study there everyday and do nothing else in that place but study. That way your brain and body will be trained to study and will not be tempted to do anything else but study.
  4. If possible, avoid studying at home or in place where you know you are going to be easily distracted. Again, this is a job.MH900400507
  5. Set a realistic study schedule. For example, my schedule was: from 9AM to 1PM(lunch and nap, run or TV), and from 3PM to 10PM (with a short break for coffee). At 10PM they will close the library and I would go home and relax.
  6. It is just an exam. Studying for the bar is tough mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s ok (and normal) if you feel overwhelmed or even sad. It is important that you recognize these emotions. Once you are aware, put things in perspective: it is just an exam, it is not the end of the world. If you are feeling like this take a break (I took a lot of breaks or treated myself and I passed): stop studying for a day (or half a day) and go home and watch a movie, go shopping, go to the gym…just relax and charge your body and your mind.
  7. This is the time to fail. Don’t worry if you fail essay after essay or if your MBE scores are 25% or lower. While studying for the bar you should fail and be happy for it, because you will learn from your mistakes (as long as you go back to right answer and discover why you failed). I used to take the same MBE questions several times till I got them all right all the time (that could take me around 4 times taking the same question, but by the end of the process I was sure I was doing it right).studying bar exam
  8. Follow your own rules. If you are taking a course (like I did) don’t get obsessed with the study system they give you. Try to follow it for the first weeks and then decide what works better for you and what does not. Didn’t you have your own study method in law school? So why stop following it?
  9. Have fun. I know, is the bar exam and it is all about studying. But try to enjoy it. This is your last student time before working life (and that does not end till retirement). If you can, make up songs to help you remember, use color graphics…whatever it takes to make it a little more enjoyable.
  10. Use Bar Material Flashcards. Once you have gone to class and understood what’s all about use Bar Materials Flashcards to review and memorize. You should feel comfortable rewriting over and adding your own colors and symbols or whatever makes it work for you.

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Four weeks before the bar exam

This is the 4th week before the bar exam. It is a good time to:

1) Organize all you are going to need for the exam if you haven’t done it yet (buy pencils, ear plugs, reserve a hotel room, find out what you are going to do for breakfast and dinner, where are you going to park your car or if there is good taxi service around).

2) Prepare a memorizing agenda for the next three weeks, including resting. The best timing to memorize and keep details fresh in your head is 3 weeks, so plan accordingly.

3) If you haven’t written a lot of essays, try to write some more and the if you don’t have a lot of time read them. Incorporate reading bar exam essays to your daily agenda.

MH9002872644) Hand write at least one essay. It is important to know how you are going to be able to face a handwritten exam in the event that you are not able to use your computer.

5) Keep on doing the MBE questions (but still don’t worry if you don’t get high scores).

6) Make sure that you understand all the concepts you have being learning so far. Don’t hesitate to contact friends or tutors and ask for help.


7) Stop taking naps (if you do) and try to keep your body in the same conditions it is going to face on the exam days (start waking up at the hour you plan to

wake up, eat at the same time you will have lunch…).

8) Take some time off. Plan a nice day out, go to the movies and have lunch with friends, family or your significant one (or all of them together).

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