So I'm a coward. Some people I trust told me I could avoid the $3000 BarBri class and just study on my own, but I thought it was too much of a gamble. Now that I'm 1/3 of the way done with the course, I realize my friends were probably right. It's a good program, but I've been noticing that the lectures just simply go over the written materials. They give a few tips and tricks for the bar exam that are very helpful (not $3000 helpful) but they don't really clear up concepts that are foggy in my mind. I also don't think the lectures help me memorize anything. Most of the actual learning I'm doing is still on my own. The only benefit I'm getting from barbri other than a few tricks is that it keeps me on track. I paid $3,000 for a babysitter.
Some of you who have taken the bar are probably scoffing at me right now. A lot of people say barbri is awesome.
Answer two questions for me though:
1: If BarBri charged per session, and not per course, how many classes would you go to? So if you paid 500 bucks up front for the books, and then the other 2500 was split over the roughly 35 barbri class periods ($71 dollars per class period) how many times would you go? I would have went for two weeks and then I would have stopped.
2: If a decent law student just memorized the elements in the conviser mini review and the state distinctions and did the practice tests in the books, don't you think they would pass in most jurisdictions?
In my state you can buy all of the books on craigslist right now for $250. I assume that's legal (I'd check first), and if it is that's the way I would have went in retrospect.