How to Choose the Best Bar Prep Course

September 15 2017 Bar Review News By Pieper Bar Review
How to Choose the Best Bar Prep Course

Choosing your bar review course is an important decision. Not only are such courses expensive investments, they'll also determine how prepared you are on exam day.

Typically, bar exam candidates choose the most popular review course—especially if it's the same one their friends are taking. However, the most popular courses or those that worked for your friends may not work for you.

With so many bar review courses, it's important to choose the course that's best for you.

Here are some useful tips on how to choose the best bar prep course:

Think About Your Needs.

Before choosing a bar review course, think about your learning style and unique needs.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you prefer a classroom setting?
  • Do you like online classes?
  • Do you need more personalized attention?
  • Do you require a flexible schedule?
  • Do you excel with live lectures, or are pre-recorded lectures sufficient?

Consider Its Reputation.

What did those who took the course think about it? Did they feel prepared for exam day? Did they pass? Are the instructors trusted experts, with experience? Ask around, or check out online reviews and testimonials. If you're consistently finding people raving about a specific review course, you may want to consider signing up. But if quite a few people complain about a particular review course’s preparation methods for the bar, look elsewhere.

Research Its Approach.

How does the bar review course prepare students for the exam? How long is it? How are the lectures delivered? Does it align with your needs? The bar review's approach to exam preparation is probably the most important aspect to consider. Be sure to research its methodology.

Assess Its Study Materials.

What resources does the bar review course provide? In addition to outlines and other study materials, do you have access to multiple-choice questions and essays from previous exams? Can you re-watch the lectures online? Make sure the course offers the proper resources to help you prepare for the exam.

Evaluate Any Additional Services.

What other additional services does the course offer? Are your essays reviewed and critiqued by former bar exam graders or trained attorneys? Is there unlimited streaming of the lectures? Does it also offer private tutors if you think you might need one? Be sure to research whether any other beneficial services are provided to help you pass the exam. Some even offer a free MPRE course, so you can use it to see if you like the teaching method before purchasing the bar review course.

Know The Guarantees.

Can you retake the course for free if you fail? If you decide to take a different bar course, will you get reimbursed? Be sure to read bar reviews' guarantees before committing.

Weigh The Costs.

Bar review courses can range in costs, depending on the type of course and exactly what is offered, and some carry a hefty price tag. Decide how much you're willing to spend on a bar review course, and search for one that delivers the most.

Why Pieper Bar Review Is The Best Bar Review Course

Our family owned review course is essential for anyone looking to pass the Uniform Bar Exam. Our Full Bar Review Course delivers all of the substantive law you’ll need to pass the UBE, along with the strategies for mastering multiple-choice questions and maximizing your scores on the MEE and the MPT.

You’ll be guided step-by-step through what to do, what to read, and what to write, from the first day of class to the bar exam. Trusted by lawyers in New York and around the country for the past 40 years, Pieper’s Full Bar Review Course will give you everything you need to pass the exam and begin a successful career as an attorney.

The following are just some of the many reasons why Pieper's bar review course is the best:

  • More hours of lecture than any other bar review course
  • Unlike other bar review courses, we focus on note-taking. (Don’t worry: We also provide more than 1,500 pages of outlines.)
  • Pieper provides more than 1,500 practice questions, including every actual exam question released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners within the past 10 years. 
  • You complete 12 essays that our trained staff of New York attorneys will grade. Our staff provides extensive written comments on the content and organization of your essays, to help you improve.
  • Our staff is extremely knowledgeable, and always available to help you personally. You can send your bar exam questions to our staff attorneys at any time, any day.
  • Pieper Bar Review is owned by John Pieper and his two sons Troy and Damian, who share his commitment to the bar exam and to our students' success. Together, the Pieper family will support you in ways that our competitors cannot and will not.

Register now for the Full Bar Review


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Pieper Bar Review

For over forty years, Pieper Bar Review has taught students the legal concepts and skills necessary for success on the bar exam, and reinforced students’ knowledge through thought provoking examples and bar exam questions. The proof that the Pieper teaching method works is found in the success of our former students – now present-day attorneys. Learn more

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