National Jurist - February 2009 - (Page 30)
Finding the right bar review course for you Statistics prove it: Students who use Bar review courses tend to pass this rigorous examination the first time they try it at a higher rate than those who decide to go it alone. That may be why there are dozens of Bar review programs available to law students. And three more preparation courses have emerged just in time for the July exam. What makes these new courses unique are their prices, advanced online components and personalized study plans aimed at improving student performance on the toughest exam they will ever attempt. Themis Bar Review The online study aid is named after Themis, the Greek Goddess of Justice who personifies law, order and justice, said company spokesman Rick Duffy. What makes Themis stand out is it is a complete online study preparation program. There are video lectures available on demand when the student is ready to watch. Students also can take diagnostic tests via their computer. And the Themis program integrates questions into the lectures instead of testing students afterward. “This method (of answering questions during a lecture) is more streamlined and natural,” Duffy said. “It covers the testing requirement and reinforces the teaching points throughout.” All that time and money but will you pass the bar? You spent four years in college, three years in law school — and $250,000 or more. Then you do a great job on the multiple choice section of the bar exam . . . only to stumble on the critical essay portion. Over the Bar Exam is dedicated to helping candidates in all 50 states ace the essay portion of the bar exam, offering: * Individual online tutoring in which candidates tackle past bar exam essay questions in the areas of torts, contracts, evidence, criminal law, constitutional law, property and civil procedure; * Two- or three-week programs given throughout the year, all without ever leaving your home; * Expert critiques of each answer from Peter M. Halden, Esquire, a former member of the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners. For 22 years, Mr. Halden authored 18 essay questions that appeared on New Jersey Bar Exams, and personally graded more than 35,000 essay answers. Currently, Mr. Halden practices law in Haddonﬁeld, NJ, when he is not tutoring law students on how to get “over the bar.” Bar-in-a-Box Aspen Publishers is offering its Emanuel Bar Review Bar-in-a-Box course for $395, which makes it accessible to any student, officials said. The Emanuel Bar Review is aimed at students studying for the Multistate Bar Examination, and its portability makes it ideal for students anywhere. Its main feature is materials from Steve Emanuel, which take the core information and practice materials from the Emanuel live preparation courses and package them in a self-study format. Steve Emanuel made his name by writing law school study aids. A Harvard Law School graduate, he wrote and published his first law outline while sitting in his dorm room. “With Steve Emanuel’s live courses, we set out to reinvent Bar Exam preparation,” said Aspen Publisher’s Managing Director Steve Errick. For more information and to apply online, visit www.OverTheBarExam.com 30 THE NATIONAL JURIST February 2009
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