Bar Exam Memorization: What Rules are actually important to Memorize

by Dustin on

In this video I talk about bar exam memorization and the truth behind having to memorize all the rules and law.

Hey everyone! Dustin here from and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, The Seven Steps to Bar Exam Success. And the question you’re probably wondering today, because you came to this video, is how do I memorize all the law and all the rules to be ready for my bar exam? And the answer is you don’t. You don’t memorize all the rules and all the law because it’s pretty much impossible. There are so many rules out there, thousands upon thousands of rules out there that in the time allotted, even if you had a whole year to prepare, you probably still wouldn’t be able to memorize every single rule and law out there.

But here’s the good news today, is that you don’t have to memorize it all. You don’t need to know it all. You don’t have to know it all. There’s only a very slim portion, believe it or not, of all those rules that you actually need to have memorized to be successful in your bar exam.

For the MBE questions, you don’t have to have any law memorized. I mean it’s good to obviously know how the law works in situations but you definitely don’t need to memorize any rules to pass the MBE questions. And then the essays, you do want to have some rules memorized but if you look at practice essays and past essays in your jurisdiction, you’ll find that very few issues, very few rules come up compared to the whole world of rules that could potentially come up. So if you’re one of those people out there that are focused on “How am I going to get all these rules? How am I going to know all these rules?” Know that you don’t need to know all these rules. You just need to know that narrow slim amount that typically show up on the essays when they come up.

That’s my advice, is to focus on the rules that have shown up on prior exams. That’s where you want to put your focus, really want to make sure you memorize those rules. Also focus on main issue type things, things that are likely to come up or at some level have come up in the past. Again, those are main things to memorize, to focus on and to learn.

All those little subtle rules, yeah it could come up on your bar exam. It very well could. But truth be told, they’re going to be worth so little points typically that’s not going to matter as much. Secondly, if you make up rules on your bar exams, you get partial credit. So you may not know what the exact rule is but if you have an idea and you get kind of some of the elements or some of the rules, you still get partial credit. And the third thing is if you don’t know those little answer to the rules, probably nobody else does either. If you don’t know it, nobody does. It is a current exam and what not. Don’t worry too much about all these side rules because if you put your focus and energy there, you’re taking it away from what really matters in the middle and truth be told, it can cause you more likely to fail if you focus on all these things rather than on what really matters.

Don’t fret. You don’t need to know all the rules, just the main ones. Focus on those. And then if you don’t know the other stuff that shows up on exam, you make it up, you get partial credit and that is an art and that should be practiced while you’re preparing. That’s why it’s great to take practice exams, even if you don’t know the rules, because you developed the art of making up rules on the go.

That’s my tip for today. I hope you enjoy it. If you like it, click the like button. Some of you might not like that because you want to complete and get everything out there. I understand. I was there too. But that’s really the best advice I can give and a lot of students have taken that advice to heart and has helped them pass the bar exam, so I recommend you take it out there as well.

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