Which Bar Exam Prep Course Is the Best? – Above the Law

Congratulations 3Ls! The grind of law school exams is over, or soon will be. Now you get to study for the bar exam — which, for some reason, law school didn’t really prepare you for.

Most newly minted J.D.s will be heading straight from law school classes into bar exam prep classes. We assume you all have been pitched all year by bar prep companies touting their costs, features, and success rates. With everyone claiming to have the secret to passing the bar exam, how do you choose which is the best bar prep review course for you? Themis vs Barbri? Which as the best pass rates? Which are the most highly reviewed courses? What about Ameribar? Kaplan? Is California different than other states? How much do these courses cost?

COMPANY
COST
FORMAT
PASS RATE
Bar/Bri
$2495 – $2895
Online, in-person, or both
8-10 weeks
Approximately 9/10 of students who do the average amount of work
Kaplan
$1,699 – $2,399
Online live, online on-demand, limited in-person
Approximately 90% of students who complete 75%+ of the course work
Themis
$2,295
Online
8-10 weeks
Approximately 88-94%
*first time students, with 75%+ completion
Barmax
$399.99 – $2199.99
Online, live and on-demand
70% CA
82% NY
*first time students
Ameribar
$995 – $2595
Online
Course satisfaction rate +95%
Pieper Bar Review
$1595 – $2495
Live or online classes
Unpublished
Marino Bar Review
$1695 – $2500
Online and on-demand
6-10 weeks
Unpublished
BarPrepHero
$99 – $449
Online
Unpublished
Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law
$1500 – $6400
Live or online
Approximately 75% of students who complete 85% of all assignments

*Please note that the pass rates listed on this page were provided to us by the companies themselves. There is no independent, third-party verification system for these rates, and there is no uniform standard for breaking down the passing numbers. For more detailed information about these courses, please view the infographic below.

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