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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.

Helpful Information

Options for Commercial Bar Review Courses

Below are descriptions of some commercial bar review courses, including some that offer in-person* classes here at the law school, some that offer in-person classes off-campus, and others that offer online and/or mobile classes and materials.  Additional providers are listed on FindLawWe do not endorse any particular bar review provider.  We recommend that students independently research the reliability and success rates of all bar review courses before enrolling.  Note that the prices listed below are current as of summer 2020.

When selecting a bar prep program, students should consider the type of learning environment that works best for them.  For example, if you assimilate information best when sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecture, or if you require strict oversight to stay on schedule, you may not want to rely solely on a self-study program for your bar prep.

*Note that in-person options may not be available due to COVID-19.

On-Campus Options

 

BARBRI

Information on locations, course materials, and pricing is available on the BARBRI website.  The current cost for live lectures ranges from $2,599 to $3,599, with a lower cost option for on-demand lectures only.  BARBRI also offers an MPRE Review Course at no extra charge. 

KAPLAN BAR REVIEW

Information on locations, course materials, and pricing is available on the Kaplan website.  The current cost for live lectures ranges from $3,499 to $3,999, with a lower cost option for on-demand lectures only.

Other In-Person Options  
THEMIS BAR REVIEW Information on locations, course materials, and pricing is available on the Themis website.  The current cost is $2,295.  Themis also offers a free MPRE review course.
BARWINNERS

BarWinners offers individualized courses.  Pricing starts at $4,750, with possible discounts available.  Courses include approx. 6 hours of personal tutoring.

Online/Mobile Options  

ADAPTIBAR

AdaptiBar offers an online MBE exam simulator and prep program that predicts students' scores and provides tools and feedback for improving scores.  AdaptiBar uses actual MBE questions licensed from the NCBE.  Pricing starts at $395.00
BARESSAYS.COM

BarEssays.com provides detailed reviews of hundreds of essays, written by former official graders of the CA bar exam, explaining why each essay received certain scores.  UCLA Law 2020 graduates are eligible for a free standard account, courtesy of the UCLA Law Administration and UCLA Law Alumni Association.

BAREXAMDOCTOR.COM

BarExamDoctor.com allows students to practice performance test and essay exams online.  The current cost ranges from $695 to $995 for packages, with additional costs for add-ons like individual or group tutoring, unlimited MBEs, and video grading.  It also offers individual hypnotherapy sessions.  

BARMAX

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 a comprehensive bar course is $1,899, with additional costs for other options.  You may also individually purchase the MBE package for $399-$999.