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multiple-choice questions, essays, practice
examinations and lectures."
Melody Lins, a graduate of Rutgers
Law School in Newark, N.J., passed
the bar in New York and New Jersey in
2016, despite juggling the demands of
her husband's debilitating health condition, which overshadowed her study time.
She turned to Themis for help, she said,
because "it didn't feel as pushy as the
other bar companies."
Her tutor, Bob Cohen, communicated
often via phone and email, encouraging Lins to stop trying to memorize and
instead concentrate on the essays, practice
tests and small sets of multiple-choice
questions. Together, they set up an abbreviated program, since Lins wasn't going to
have time to complete the full course.
"She was driven and followed up with
her work," Cohen said. "So, we set up a
plan to try to focus on priorities, knowing that her time was limited. ... She's
an example of someone who gives it her
all. It's almost like saying, 'If she can pass,
you can too.'"
Lins, now a clerk in the Appellate
Division of the New Jersey State Court,
said she was terrified at the time.
"I just felt so intimidated by how
much I could see my friends were studying, and I was nowhere near that," she
said. Passing the bar, she said, was "a miracle. I don't know how I did it."
In recent years, TestMax has added
personalized, real-time message boards.
Students gain quick access to instructors,
and instructors can use analytics to track
their students. Graders give line-by-line
feedback and hypothetical scores, and
students learn how to properly format the
written portion of the bar exam using the
IRAC (Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion)
method taught in law school.
After failing the California bar exam
in 2012, Keila Molina hired Ebadolahi at
"My scores were horrible," she said
of her first try. "It was just unrealistic
expectations, and no matter how much I
prepared, it was simply never enough."
She took the exam again in 2013
and passed. Then, in 2015 she aced the
Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in Arizona.
"I was shocked at the fact that, during the real MBE, both for California
and Arizona, I was not only able to finish
without skipping questions, but even had
time to spare. I guess I was simply that
much more prepared after studying with
real MBE questions as well as real bar
Guide to Bar Reviews
The National Jurist contacted bar review companies and asked them to provide a short summary of courses
and products. We divided them into four categories: live courses; tutors; books, videos and other; & digital
home study courses.
BARBRI Bar Review
Personal Bar Exam Prep
BARBRI is the only bar review course that covers
all jurisdictions and has helped more than 1.3 million students pass the bar. Fifty years of success
and innovation has led to the most flexible and
effective learning experience - in class, online
and mobile - through exclusive tools such as the
BARBRI Personal Study Plan, the Pass Predictor and
Essay Architect. www.barbri.com
Personal Bar Prep has prepared students for the
California bar exam since 1995. It includes live,
interactive lectures; small group workshops; MBE
and performance test workshops; mock exams under
test conditions; and personalized feedback on
exams and essays. www.personalbarprep.com
Pieper Bar Review
Supplemental courses in New York City for international LL.M. students and retakers, by author of
best-selling MPT and essay study guides.
Live UBE courses are available in New York City and
online in every UBE jurisdiction; offering more inclass instruction than any other bar review program;
over 1,500 practice MBE questions; personalized
feedback on actual MEEs and MPTs; and an attorney
Flemings Bar Review
Themis Bar Review
Fleming's Fundamentals of Law offers courses, workshops, study materials and private tutorials.
Comprehensive bar exam review course available in
35 jurisdictions. Themis features lectures broken
into 20-minute chapters followed by assessment
BarWrite by Mary Campbell Gallagher
Kaplan Bar Review
Complete bar review in 48 jurisdictions, which
covers 99 percent of all bar takers nationwide.
Supplemental preparation available.
LLM Bar Exam
LLM Bar Exam is the only course specifically for
international LL.M. students that includes tutoring,
more than 40 graded essays, early exposure sessions
and a mini-review. www.llmbarexam.com
The NaTioNal JurisT
AmeriBar has the most comprehensive bar exam
tutoring program in the country and has tutored
thousands of repeat bar exam takers in 45 jurisdictions. They offer customized assignment-based
tutoring focused on critical strategies and testtaking skills for all portions of the bar exam, free
access to online course materials, all with a prorated money-back guarantee. www.ameribar.com