Plan to spend approximately 40 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks studying for the bar exam. During the few weeks of preparing the bar, treat your studies as you would treat an important new job. When you think about how many weeks you should study for the bar exam, remember that quality is more important than quantity. You could study for 6 months, but none of that will matter if you don't study properly.
Reduce distractions during study time. Of course, take breaks, but when you're studying, don't let yourself get sidetracked on the Internet or TV. So, if you commit to making sure that the time you spend studying is of quality, you may not have to spend as many weeks as someone who is playing. Or are you in a situation where you take for the first time and work part time? If so, studying 40 hours a week may not be realistic.
You should look for a tutor or bar preparation program that will allow you to start the study process sooner. You should also plan to study for a few hours each day after work and then full time on weekends. We also recommend that you take some time off work (i.e. the last two weeks) before the exam so that you can spend more time studying.
The bar exam is just over three months away. If you're registered for the July exam, you're probably wondering when you should start studying.