February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam

Sample February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam Study Schedule

Are you taking the Uniform Bar Exam in February and trying to create a study schedule for yourself?  In this post, we explain how to create a schedule for the February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam!

Sample February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam Study Schedule

1. When should you start studying?

Most bar prep courses start two to three months before the exam.  Some people start earlier than that (check out this post on whether you should start studying for the bar exam early), and others are unable to begin studying that early, and thus start later.  Ideally, you should give yourself at least two months to study for the exam.

For instance, for the February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam, you could start studying at the beginning of December. Or, if other commitments prevent you from beginning to study at that time, you could start studying at the beginning of January.

2. When do you need to finish learning new material?

After you are done learning all the material that could be tested on the exam, it is important that you leave some time to review all the subjects again, at least once.  You may want to leave two to three weeks between the time you finish learning the material and the date of the exam to review each subject at least once.

For the February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam, you should be finished learning new material by February 9. If you want to give yourself some extra time to review, you could aim to be finished learning new material by February 2.

3. Should you take a break for the holidays?

Whether you should take a break over the holidays is very dependent upon your personal circumstances. For instance, if you are not working during bar prep, studying full time, and start studying early (e.g., November, or the beginning of December), you can work a 1-2 week break into your schedule. On the other hand, if you are working during bar prep, any type of break you get from work during the holidays is a great time to get a jump on studying for the exam.

4. Allocate the MBE subjects across the weeks you will be studying.

Given the start date you selected in Step One, and the date you intend to finish studying in Step Two, count the number of weeks between those two dates.  So, if you want to start studying December 1 and be done learning new material by February 9, and you are going to take a 2-week break during the holidays, you have 7 weeks to learn new material.

You should allocate the MBE subjects accordingly. There are 7 MBE subjects (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts).  For the example dates above, you would cover 1 MBE subject per week.  When selecting the order in which you will cover the subjects, start with the hardest subjects and work your way to the easiest subjects.

5. Pair 1-2 MEE subjects with an MBE subject each week.

In addition to the MBE topic that you will cover in a given week, you also need to cover 1-2 MEE topics. There are 7 MEE topics: Agency & Partnership, Corporations, Conflict of Laws, Family Law, Trusts & Future Interests, Decedents’ Estates, and Secured Transactions.  So, if you are spending 7 weeks learning new material, you can cover 1 MBE subject and 1 MEE subject per week.

As you are selecting which MEE subject to cover each week, try to pair an easier MEE subject with a more difficult MBE subject.  So, if Real Property is your most difficult MBE subject, pair it with something easier, such as Agency & Partnership.

 

Sample Schedule for February 2020 UBE:

Week One: December 9-15

Real Property

Agency & Partnership

Week Two: December 16-22

Evidence

Family Law

Week Three: December 23-29

Holiday break

Week Four: December 30-January 5

Holiday break

Week Five: January 6-12

Contracts

Decedents’ Estates

Week Six: January 13-19

Civil Procedure

Conflict of Laws

Week Seven: January 20-26

Constitutional Law

Corporations 

Week Eight: January 27-February 2

Criminal Law & Procedure

Trusts & Future Interests

Week Nine: February 3-9

Torts

Secured Transactions

 

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