Bar Exam Essay Samples: How many years back should I go study

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In this video I discuss how many years to go back when doing sample bar exam essays.

Hey everyone! Dustin here from and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The 7 Steps to Bar Exam Success. And a question I got on a webinar that I recently did was “how far back should I go back in taking practice essays? Should I go back to 99? 2000? How far back should I go?” And my answer is it kind of varies based on the jurisdiction.

However, if you go really far back, you’ll see that the essays that they used to test are nothing really like the essays they’ve maybe tested in the last 5-10 years. As a general rule of thumb, again it depends on the jurisdiction, 5-10 years back is a pretty good measure of how far to go back on bar exam questions that you want to practice.

For example, in California, if you go back to like before 2000, the questions are really bizarre and just totally off base and just kind of weird to be honest. They’re nothing like what’s been tested in maybe in the last 10 years. I think if you focus on the last 10 years or so of questions in your question bank, that should be a good measure and indicator of the types of questions and issues and things that might come up on your bar exam this time around.

That’s my tip for that. That’s my advice on that. Go out there and get it this week. Go ahead and please like and share this video if it provided some help and some use for you. Also, head on over to, #1 #2 keys and download your free PDF guide, The 12 Keys to Bar Exam Success. Until next time. I’ll see you in the next video and always remember that your name appears on the pass list.    

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