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Deciding on a bar prep course can be fairly simple. However, since some students have different time and budgetary constraints, not all bar prep course will work for everyone. Also, not all courses are taught the same, and what's best for one might not be best for another.
Generally, because the bar exam is graded on a curve, there can be some advantages to taking the same bar prep course as everyone else. However, if you take the big course that everyone else is taking, it might be more difficult to get individualized attention, if you feel like you need it. There are pros and cons to nearly every bar exam study decision, and many myths that have been debunked.
Below, you'll find some tips to help you figure out which course is right for you.
Can You Take Time Off?
If you are taking a time off from work to study for the bar exam, you can definitely benefit from taking an in-person course. If having structured days in a classroom setting helps you learn, find a course that provides that setting.
Do You Need a Flexible Schedule?
If you're a morning or evening person, depending on the course you take, your classes could be in the morning or afternoon. If you need the classroom structure and discipline, you can find courses that either accommodate your schedule, or allow students to do courses online as well as in person.
Do You Need Individual Attention?
If you need, or just really benefit from, one on one help, it may not be a bad idea to consider hiring a bar tutor, or taking a smaller, in person, class. If you hire a tutor, make sure they are on-board with helping you supplement what you are doing in your bar study course. Ideally, they will have experience tutoring alongside the course you are enrolled in. If you think you'll need a tutor, look for one early and book ahead, as it will be more difficult to find a private tutor come bar exam study time.
What Do Your Professors Say?
While school professors usually will remain neutral on which course is best, they will often have clear preferences that careful questioning can elicit.