dfsad wrote:I went with Kaplan because it was significantly cheaper than Barbri, and I passed in a UBE state.
Whichever one you pick, don't be afraid to negotiate price. After I signed up with Kaplan, Barbri offered to go cheaper than Kaplan to get me to switch. Unfortunately, I had already paid and couldn't get a refund. If I could do it again, I would have played the two of them against each other to get the lowest price possible.
If you do choose Kaplan, be careful if you are promised a rebate. They advertised it as being automatic, and then didn't tell us there was actually a deadline associated with it.
First of all, how do I do this before I put money on someone else?
Right now, the going rates for NY are:
Themis -- $1,595 - $250 if you sign up by Nov 1 == $1,345 + $250 b/c I'm doing NJ = Back to $1,595
Kaplan -- $2,200 (Online deal right now) + $200 for NJ = $2,400
BarBri -- $3,675 for NY ("Call for +NJ pricing") = astronomical. If they match themis, they got a deal.
Pieper -- $3,695 - $250 for early deposit - $100 for Bar Association membership (and minus ~$100 or so for each semester you were dean's list -- 0 for me) = $3,355. I submitted a written offer to them for $2,400 and they haven't gotten back to me.
Also, are the books simply good enough? Should I just get a bunch of books? What am I paying for, exactly, by forking over $4k to BarBri?
Online video lectures are fine, but I am not looking forward to taking practice questions on the computer. I prefer paper. Not sure if you can print off of Themis or something.
I am taking the February bar. As I was part time, I graduate (finally) in December.