BlueLotus wrote:I already paid the $50 deposit for BarBri during my 1L year. The full price for my state is $3,895(!). I just realized that Themis offers a public interest discount at the very reasonable price of $1195. I've used and liked Themis materials for the MPRE, and I'm thinking of switching over. Any viable reason to stick with BarBri? Will Themis refund my BarBri deposit? Keep in mind that I am in the bottom half of the class and thus more likely to fail the bar which is why I am kind of apprehensive of taking a less-established course. Any perspective from Themis bar passers would be appreciated.
(Obviously) not a Themis bar passer, but I am a rep. Well, I did use Themis for 6 hours the day before the MPRE and passed, so there's that.
Yes, the PI discount is $1195, and does not require you to have a PI job before graduation to get the discount. If you do not have a PI job, you just send in your resume along with the application to demonstrate your background in PI. Themis should refund your deposit to another bar review company up to $200 or $250 (but that may vary by state, so check with the reps at your school).
As far as taking a "less-established course," it is true that Themis is a new company, but if you're truly apprehensive, Themis publishes its pass rates for every jurisdiction it is in, and your school reps likely have the information for your specific school (at my school the pass rate for the NY bar is 95% whereas the state average for Themis takers is 92% for people who complete 75% of the course and 83% for people who do not complete 75% of the course). Barbri and Kaplan do not publish their pass rates (though perhaps their reps at your school may know the pass rates for your school? I really don't know).
Also, is Themis all-online or do you have to go to the lectures? I'd prefer not to have to commute into the city each day to watch a video.
Yes, it is entirely online. You have two study options: directed study or flex. The directed study is very much like what you're expecting with Barbri or Kaplan. You'll get a schedule to follow, and that schedule will adjust based on what you do/don't complete. The flex study is exactly what it sounds like, and that's a little more loose. I personally plan on following the directed study schedule.
P.S. I was not a rep my 1L or 2L year, and had already decided to take Themis before they offered me the chance to become a rep near the end of my 2L year. I honestly believe that Themis is the way to go with the exception of that small subset of people who have told me that if they're not forced to go into a classroom to watch the videos (see: Barbri), then they won't do it. Since the bar exam is basically preparation, practice, repeat, I wouldn't suggest Themis to anyone who can't follow a directed study schedule on their own (meaning they won't do it if they're not forced into a classroom to do it). For everyone else, I can't see why you'd choose to pay $3000-$4000.