Knowing what you don’t know is a good place to start planning bar study strategy. All students are required to take the diagnostic mini-bar exam before graduating from the law school. The exam is offered both in the fall and spring semesters so students can take the exam at a time that is convenient for their schedules. Taking the exam during the fall semester of the last year of law school is optimal because it will allow students to assess their strengths and weaknesses when they still have ample time to build on those strengths and correct the weaknesses.

The exam lasts three hours, with 100 multiple-choice questions formatted in the current style of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the 200 question multiple choice portion of the bar exam in Massachusetts and the vast majority of other states. Plus, you'll receive detailed and personalized feedback post-exam—it offers you a good idea of how you'd fare if you took the test today.