Spaced Repetition: A Method for Learning More Law in Less Time

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Law Review Article

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educational psychology and metacognition, study methods, exam preparation barriers, bar passage


Spaced repetition is a learning method that allows people to learn far more, in far less time. Discovered more than 100 years ago, recent advances in mobile technology have made its potential even greater to change the way law students, bar preppers and others in the legal field learn. This article describes the science of spaced repetition and its potential uses in law. It also describes the author’s work in building a platform for law students, to allow them to harness this technology.

Early findings are both exciting and consistent with the benefits of this method found in other fields. In one recent use of the technology, an entire graduating law school class was offered the chance to use to supplement their traditional bar preparation courses. Those who used the spaced repetition method passed the bar exam at a rate 19.2% higher than students who did not make use of it.