It’s kind of a sad time of year where third year law students everywhere are already feeling stressed about finals coming up in a couple of months, and also the impending doom of studying for the bar all summer. I’m here to report that studying for the bar doesn’t have to be completely terrible, and in fact, can almost be enjoyable, with my honest BarMax review.
I used BarMax to study for the bar when my son was really young and I was very concerned about being away from him for extended periods of time. (Read about how to study for the bar with a baby here). I was not at all interested in spending 60-90 hours studying each week like some of my friends were doing. And I was also feeling the weight of mine and my husband’s crushing combined $650k of student loan debt, i.e., I couldn’t spend a fortune on studying for the bar. (Read about how to study for the bar on a budget here).
BarMax was created by Harvard alum who wanted to create a better bar prep experience for students. Their idea seems to be working, since they boast that their students have higher passing rates than states’ passing rates. BarMax, like many other bar prep courses, is a comprehensive course that has everything you need to pass the bar. There’s a specific group of people that I think should consider a different bar prep course though, read on to find out if you’re one of them.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT USING BARMAX
First and foremost, I loved the price of BarMax. For their most expensive comprehensive option, it’s only $1499, which isn’t even half the cost of Barbri’s most expensive option ($4095).
BarMax makes studying crazy flexible. I really enjoyed being able to study using the app, especially having the flashcards with me everywhere I went. I would use my flash cards while my son was playing at the park, or while we were at the play place at Chick-fil-a, sitting as a passenger in the car. . . literally everywhere I went. I also loved being able to listen to lectures on the go while I was driving or out on a run. It was really easy to incorporate studying into my lifestyle.
It allowed me to study for only 20-30 hours a week (and still pass).
It had extremely well-trained lecturers. A lot of the lecturers are or were professors at obviously prestigious schools, like Harvard.
It came with a really helpful study schedule that helped me plan out when to study what.
It provided access to study boards, where you can ask questions to have incorrect test answers explained. This part alone was one of the most helpful features that enabled me to do well on the bar. There’s no better way to improve than by figuring out what you are doing wrong.
You get real practice essays and thousands of multiple choice questions from past bar exams.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT USING BARMAX
At the time, I didn’t know anyone who used BarMax to study for the bar. That made me feel really nervous, because while I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on studying for the bar, I also wanted to actually pass the dang thing.
While it is much cheaper than other options for bar prep (cough cough BarBri), it’s still expensive and when you are feeling extremely stressed about jobs and paying student loans, spending is scary.
It’s probably not best for people who aren’t self-starters/need a lot of structure in their schedule. BarMax provides for a ton of flexibility and I could see someone who prefers being in a classroom not enjoying the style of BarMax.
In a lot of states, it only offers study prep for the MBE portion of the bar. This was the case for me when I took the Oklahoma bar. However, I simply used the MBE portion of Barbri, and then went to my local law school’s law library to check out past Oklahoma bar essay exams and it worked great for me.
In short, if you are a self-starter who needs (or can deal with) a flexible studying schedule, BarMax in my opinion is the best option out there. It comes with a study schedule, all the lectures and outlines you would ever need, and most importantly, all of the essays and multiple choice questions you could ever want (like probably more than you’ll even get through). I was SO worried about not signing up for an expensive bar prep course (specifically, Barbri) because it was what all of my friends were doing. But I truly believe BarMax is a superior studying experience, not to mention the fact that it’s cheaper. Just because something has been around for longer does not necessarily mean it’s better.
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