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California Bar Exam and MPRE: 1. Commercial Bar Review Courses

This California Bar Exam guide provides an overview of steps law students can take to prepare for the California Bar Exam and the MPRE. Information regarding deadlines, topics covered on the California Bar Exam, and other helpful resources are provided.

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Options for Commercial Bar Review Courses

Below you will find descriptions of some commercial bar review courses, including those that are most popular with UCLA School of Law students, and other courses that students have used in the past. Additional courses are listed on FindLaw. Neither the Law School nor the Law Library endorses any particular bar review provider. Students considering bar review courses should undertake independent research to determine the reliability and success rate of all bar review courses in which they may enroll.

Students whose primary method of assimilating information is sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture, or who require strict oversight to ensure that they are studying enough should most likely not rely solely on self-study programs for their bar preparation.

Popular with UCLA Students



Information on BARBRI's California bar review locations, course materials, and pricing is available on BARBRI's Web site. The current tuition rate for BARBRI ranges from $2,495 to $3,995 depending on the type of program you select. BARBRI also offers an MPRE Review Course at no extra charge


Information on Kaplan Bar Review's California bar review locations, course materials, and pricing is available on Kaplan Bar Review's website. The current tuition ranges from $2,299 to $3,799 depending on the types of program you select. 

THEMIS BAR REVIEW Information on Themis Bar Review' California bar review locations, course materials, and pricing is available on the Themis Bar Review's Web site. The current tuition for the Themis Bar Review course is $2,090. Themis also oiffers a free MPRE review course.
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AdaptiBar does not offer a traditional, in-class bar review program; rather, it offers a unique online MBE exam simulator and prep program that gives students predictions of their scores and tools and feedback for how to improve scores. AdaptiBar uses actual MBE questions licensed from the NCBE. The current cost for AdaptiBar's MBE program is $395.00
BARESSAYS.COM provides detailed reviews of hundreds of essays in its database, written by former official graders of the CA bar exam, explaining exactly why each essay received certain scores.  Through this material, you will see exactly what it takes to pass (or not pass) a California Bar Exam essay and performance exam, compare your practice essays to those in the BarEssays database, and calibrate your study progress. UCLA Law students are eligible for a free standard account courtesy of the UCLA Law Administration and UCLA Law Alumni Association. 

BAREXAMDOCTOR.COM is a California bar review course allows students to practice performance test and essay exams online. The current cost ranges from $695 to $895 for packages with additional costs for add-ons like individual or group tutoring, unlimited MBEs, and video grading. They also offer individual hypnotherapy sessions.  


BarMax is an online and mobile (iOS only) bar review course. The course provides subject lectures and outlines, actual MBE test questions, model answers written by bar examinees during a real administration of a bar exam, and essay feedback from experienced bar exam graders. The current tuition for BarMax CA is currently $999.00 and includes MBE questions. You can also individually purchase the MBE package for BarMax MBE for $499.

BAR WINNERS Barwinners is a bar review course created by attorney Shari Karney who has tutored students sitting for the California Bar Exam since 1983. The course tuition ranges from $6,649 to $12,000. The course is small and interactive, with lectures offered in person in Santa Monica and virtually.