Assuming that you are paying for your own bar exam costs, what is the best exam prep course? I would normally think BarBri still regardless of cost but I have been hearing some mixed reviews.
I don't know much about Kaplan, but BarBri is a ripoff. BarBri's selling point is that almost everyone takes BarBri, so BarBri's rule will be the correct answer on the actual bar exam. One thing that's nice is that BarBri has been around forever and the lectures give you clues as to things that are likely to show up on the exam and things that most likely aren't going to show up on the exam. With that said, 2 things that the lecturers said would not show up on my exam did show up on 2 of the essays. Moreover, I really hated BarBri's stress you out and make you think you're going to fail to make you study harder approach. The volume of crap BarBri wants you to do is also pretty ridiculous.
Personally, if I were to do it again, I probably would just get some old barbri outlines second hand and use those. BarBri is NOT worth the $3,500 (or whatever asinine price I paid for it). The dickheads "lectures" consist of playing pre-recorded videos that look like they were filmed in the early 90s. For $3,500 /student, I expected better.