Picking the right bar review course is a crucial step in passing the bar exam, but sometimes students overlook the importance of this decision or wait until the last minute to commit to one. Though it may seem like every bar review course is the same, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Similar to every class you’ve ever taken as a student, the quality of a course depends on how well the material is taught and how well the instructor conducts the lectures. It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable the instructors are, if they cannot communicate the information articulately and comprehensibly, then the students won’t get much out of their classes.
Some Pieper People’s Perspectives
Countless lawyers have passed the bar exam with the help of Pieper Bar Review—a nationally recognized bar review company that teaches law school graduates all over the country.
Allyson Stavis, who received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, took Pieper’s bar review course and liked the positive results. “As someone who gets anxious and stressed very easily, I can honestly say that from the first lecture, when you told us that this process would be a marathon and not a sprint, and that we needed to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, which included taking nights off, and pursuing other hobbies,” she said, “I knew I was in good hands.”
Vince Sandonato, a graduate of University of Dayton School of Law, credits Pieper’s class structure, attention to detail, and focus on bar exam practice questions for his success. “The program is crafted brilliantly to emphasize repetition and familiarity,” he said. “Whether it’s the lectures, reviewing your notes, or doing the practice questions, you will find yourself learning every step of the way.”
Sandonato pointed out that he wasn’t just another student to Pieper, but a person with a name and a face. “The best part of the course is the individual support the Pieper team provides each student,” he said. “Every time I was struggling with a topic or had a question about a concept, I received an email back with clear explanations.”
Mike Trajbar, Hofstra Law School graduate, echoes Sandonato's sentiments about Pieper's teaching styles. "To say that you present your lectures in an understandable way is an understatement. The way you present the material is extremely lucid, concise, unpretentious and entertaining," he noted.
DSome Pieper students didn’t even realize how well prepared they were for the bar exam until they talked to their peers who took other courses.
For example, Corey Rashkover, who graduated from Touro Law Center in New York, noted the abundance of information that Pieper covered compared to other review courses. “I spoke with several people during and after the exam who took other prep courses,” Rashkover explained, “and I determined that I wrote far more than they did on all of the essays, and that’s because I was taught more (i.e., de minimis encroachments and adverse possession).”
Pieper strives to make sure that every student is fully prepared for the bar exam, no matter if he or she has taken the test before.
Those Who Picked Pieper the Second Time Around
Since Pieper has been preparing students for the exam for more than 40 years, we sympathize with what they go through after failing the bar exam (sometimes more than once) as they contemplate what their next move should be.
Christine Feimer, a graduate of Pace University Law School in New York, knows that feeling all too well. But she was able to sign up for Pieper’s bar review course and fortunately pass the exam the next time she took it. “I know that it was because of Pieper that I passed the bar,” she said. “After having failed the bar with another company, a judge whom I met during jury duty told me that Pieper is the way to go.”
Stanford Law School graduate Lale Uner echoes Feimer’s sentiments. “I took the full length Pieper Bar Review course after trying another national online bar prep course,” he said. “I found that Pieper’s daily live classes; John, Troy and Damian’s lively description of the law through real cases and examples; and the course’s long-form note-taking ritual helped me memorize the material much better. A few tutoring sessions with Damian Pieper made sure that I picked up the additional points I needed to pass.”
Whether you’re going to take the bar exam for the first, second, or third time, Pieper promises to teach and support its students so they can reach their full potential.