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Maya Elkaim
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CA Bar review Course

Postby Maya Elkaim » Mon May 13, 2013 7:45 pm

Hey all,

I am having a hard time deciding which bar review course to follow for the CA July bar exam....

I looked up Themis CA / Barmax CA / Fleming ... would love to have general input on those courses (or other) and any other advice you could offer.

Also I am an LL.M. student so I need a course that will help me improve in legal writing.

Thanks.

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby BeautifulSW » Tue May 14, 2013 11:46 am

How much are you willing to spend? If English isn't your first language you might want to consider a private tutor for essay practice. This will run you a heart-stopping amount, $5,000 perhaps, but it is about the surest way to go. There used to be a tutor who had several years' experience as a California Bar examiner. You might look for someone like that.

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shepdawg
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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby shepdawg » Thu May 16, 2013 5:45 pm

I'm in the third week of barbri and it seems legit.

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Mick Haller
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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby Mick Haller » Thu May 16, 2013 5:56 pm

Themis or Kaplan are as good as Barbri and much cheaper

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby BCLS » Thu May 16, 2013 6:13 pm

shepdawg wrote:I'm in the third week of barbri and it seems legit.

how are you in the third week already?

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby shepdawg » Thu May 16, 2013 6:39 pm

BCLS wrote:
shepdawg wrote:I'm in the third week of barbri and it seems legit.

how are you in the third week already?

I graduated in April.

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby BCLS » Thu May 16, 2013 8:51 pm

shepdawg wrote:
BCLS wrote:
shepdawg wrote:I'm in the third week of barbri and it seems legit.

how are you in the third week already?

I graduated in April.

Did it start in April? Mine starts may 30

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby dood » Thu May 16, 2013 8:51 pm

Mick Haller wrote:Themis or Kaplan are as good as Barbri and much cheaper


i heard that too. i took barbri b/c my firm paid. barbri did its job but sucked ballz.

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby shepdawg » Fri May 17, 2013 12:23 am

BCLS wrote:
shepdawg wrote:
BCLS wrote:
shepdawg wrote:I'm in the third week of barbri and it seems legit.

how are you in the third week already?

I graduated in April.

Did it start in April? Mine starts may 30

Ouch. 60 days to study. Ours started 3 weeks ago. We get a whole week for the big subjects like torts and contracts.

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby BCLS » Fri May 17, 2013 9:35 am

Weird I wonder why Barbri is different. Maybe because CA has a 50% pass rate? I'm in New England

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Re: CA Bar review Course

Postby gnate12 » Tue May 21, 2013 6:57 pm

California is a beast of an exam because of the essays. They are brutal and graded very difficult. Regardless of the bar review course you take, I highly recommend subscribing to BarEssays.com. It is a database of real graded essays from past cal bar exams, so when you practice your essays, you can compare your practice essay to real ones that scored high and low, and then see whether you are on track. No review course provides this type of material (they should!) and it is relatively inexpensive to subscribe to BarEssays.




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