There is a saying circulated at my firm that goes, "All that you get out of taking a course on a subject is a 3 hour head start on the research." And I've found that to be largely true. I didn't take many of the subjects that are on the bar exam, and I passed in two states. The only one that I found really useful, besides those that were first year requirements, was New York Civil Practice just because there is so much information that you need to know, that you might as well get a head start on memorizing it all. Evidence was a waste of time and I wish I had never taken that class (learned it just fine in BarBri). Instead of taking bar prep courses, I took every course offering in the field of bankruptcy, which is what I practice now, and I'm really glad that I did it that way.
Also, I think every, or almost every state, requires you to pass the MPRE which is a professional responsibility test, and it is a good idea to take PR before you take that.
So a group of us were debating whether we should take courses we're interested in or courses to better prepare ourselves for the bar. I was in the pro-interest camp (and still maintain my position) as I think once you're studying for the bar you will learn the necessary law anyway, and it also behooves you to make the study of law as interesting as possible . However, I'm still open to contrary opinion. What say you?