cram1 wrote:Overall what did you all think of Themis? I didn't take any bar review course for the July exam, but I'm leaning towards Themis for Feb 2016 (if that turns out to be necessary) so that I can do everything online and fit it into my already hectic schedule. Even if you wouldn't re-take Themis, were you satisfied with going through the course once?
How did you study for the July Bar? What jurisdiction?
I've been practicing law for 10+ years. I took the July bar exam in another jurisdiction and obviously needed a refresher and to learn the state-specific areas that the bar exam tested. Themis was good for me, because the price was right, it offered flexibility (because I couldn't take the whole summer off from work to study), and I felt like I did an okay job on substantive areas of the law. I also thought the MBE prep wasn't too bad. I still had my BarBri/PMBR stuff from 2002, which I had to reference a few times because Themis's "explanation" was off the mark or confusing. I wasn't particularly impressed with the Themis essay review process. I got more out of reading my state's model answers than anything that Themis did. Overall, I felt that Themis was just as good as BarBri (which I had done before) at 1/3 the cost. The major downside with Themis, however, is that you're pretty much isolated while studying.
That being said, depending on your Jx, you may be better off just doing a MBE prep course and then studying past essay exams to see how your Jx tests its substantive areas of law on the essay day(s), or search google for books with past essays and sample answers. Bar passage really is a numbers game, and if you can max your MBE points, do okay on the PT (which few people study for anyway), you don't have to sweat the essays as much.