How to study for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

What is the best way to study for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)? I made a short YouTube video demonstrating my favorite strategies.

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These strategies include:

  • Doing thousands of MBE practice questions with Adaptibar or books containing past questions.
  • Creating your own outline for each subject from scratch
  • Populating your homemade outline with rules gleaned from answer explanations for practice questions you didn’t understand
  • Creating your own audio resources using Speechify or another text-to-speech app
  • Listening to lectures from YouTube, the Sum and Substance series, or other sources while you run, drive, or do the dishes
  • Working with a bar tutor or study partner

Check out the video here:


Ryan McCarl (LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog) is an attorney and law professor based in Los Angeles.