CordeliasFool wrote:Hey IL bar repeaters -- does anyone have experience switching from Themis to Barbri? I'm thinking about switching programs because this is my third time taking the bar exam (while working). Any thoughts?
Hi. I took IL 3 times before I passed. Honestly, I do not recommend purchasing Barbri and I think you will find a lot of people who agree on here. The program is the most expensive out of the major bar prep companies, but you really aren't getting much for your money.
I wouldn't waste your time with the lectures. This was a huuuuuuge mistake I made the first and second time I took the bar. The lectures are long, boring, and there's no way you're retaining that much info. Your time is better off doing hardcore studying of the outline books.
So, imo, buy the Barbri books from someone or online (ebay, amazon?) and use those rather than paying for a full Barbri course.
Also, Barbri's MBE prep is absolutely awful. It doesn't use real bar questions as many of the other companies do. I used Ameribar, Adaptibar, and Emmanuel's for MBE prep and I improved significantly.
Let me know if you need anymore advice. I hate to bash Barbri just because it didn't work for me, but in trying to be as objective as possible, their MBE prep was worthless and the lectures are not helpful. I do, however, like their Conviser Mini Review and the essay prep.