Yesterday, I saw a Twitter post by a reputable bar review company that caters to repeat takers, especially those who are older with families. The tweet basically said that what you need to do the last two weeks before the bar exam is practice, practice, practice. In another tweet yesterday, they stated that by now, you should have memorized as much law as you can. But what if this is not the case?
Now, I'm not advocating that for the remaining twelve days you never do another MBE practice question or essay. However, you have a finite amount of time left to study and your preparations could be better spent memorizing and retaining as much black letter law as you can fit in your brain.
I see very little benefit from the last two weeks being spent on typing out practice essay answers or doing practice MBE questions. Chances are that these exercises will not optimize your limited study time. How many Rule Against Perpetuities questions do you really think you're going to see on the actual MBE?
For bar takers, especially those who are repeaters or burdened with jobs and families, the biggest challenge is to memorize enough law to think and write like a lawyer on the bar exam. If you've taken and failed a bar exam, you know the experience of writing an answer to a performance test or essay. However, you may not have a mental game plan for answering a contracts or trusts essay. That is why I disagree with a bar prep course's strategy to practice, practice, practice for the final two weeks.
Something I like to call "deep learning" will give you time to think about subjects and every nuance you must address to achieve a passing essay score. In 2013, I made some essay strategy materials for the Florida bar exam to give bar takers a roadmap for frequently tested subjects. I posted them on this blog (search for the June 2013 posts). Use these as a starting point for your own final deep memorization of bar exam subjects.
If you've only done 500 MBE practice questions at this point, it is very unlikely that practicing 500 more over the next twelve days will significantly improve your score. However, you can spend quality time memorizing and truly absorbing black letter law and its' exceptions. I'm not referring to a quick run through outlines. Rather, I'm talking about deep understanding of the material in your possession. Your comprehension should be so thorough that you could teach the subject to your mother. It's kind of like mindfulness for bar takers.
Good luck and study hard!