You know, undergrad all have the same GE requirement and then differ in upper dips. Are law schools the same thing? Do they have the same requirements for 1L and then different areas and number of electives later?
If the answer is no, what kind of 1L requirement will be the most beneficial for a law student in terms of passing the bar and practice as a lawyer later on?
Bar Prep courses will prepare you for the bar, so long as you have good study habits and a general understanding of how the law works.
Almost every law school requires the following in your first three semesters
A massive portion of the bar, including all of the multiple choice, will be covered by the courses listed above.
In addition to those courses, most schools require some time of Ethics/Professional Responsibility course, which may or may not properly prepare you for the required MPRE.
Some schools require Wills and Trusts and Business Organizations/Corporations
Law school is not closely related to the legal field, in my opinion. However, some people may have more of a need for a particular course, like tax law, family law, wills and trusts, etc.
I have never come across a law school that does not offer all of the bar exam tested courses.
The new york bar exam, for example, tests on the following subjects EVERY YEAR
Then they test on the following, but not every subject is tested every year.
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Law of New York
New York and Federal Civil Jurisdiction and Procedure
Trusts, Wills, and Estates
UCC Articles 2, 3, and 9.