I disagree with "advice" that advises against taking ANY bar classes because you cover them in bar review courses. Surely, they didn't mean don't take ANY course covered by your bar review course. I don't know about the state where this advice was offered, but in many states, the bar exam covers subjects such as wills and trusts, business associations, secured transactions, commerical paper. It's really hard to "learn" a course such as secured transactions in the three hour lecture that, say, BARBRI offers. That's all you get--about three hours of lecture for secured transactions and then they send you off to study the 80 page outline. The very next day, BARBRI moves on to the next topic like commerical paper with another three hour lecture and another 80 page outline. You do that for about six weeks. Now, I don't think it's necessary to take ALL bar classes in law school. But you should take a good number of bar classes so you won't have to kill yourself studying in the bar review course. I'd check to see what topics are covered on your state's essay portion of the bar exam and make sure you've taken a good number of those topics in law school. BARBRI says you don't need to have taken all the bar courses to learn in BARBRI what you need to pass the bar. But BARBRI is also the first to point out that BARBRI is a REVIEW course. It's hard to review the difficult concepts when you haven't learned them in the first place.
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