So you hate your bar review company?

Around now, a lot of people express dissatisfaction with their commerical bar review companies. It’s kind of like when you’re a teenager and you hate your parents. It’s completely normal. It’s absolutely true that they don’t understand you. But it’s probably not true that a different bar review course (or set of parents) would understand you better. 

That doesn’t mean there aren’t differences between bar review companies. There are some. But, choice of bar review company is not the reason people don’t pass the bar exam. 

You’ve paid for the bar review course. Use it for what it’s worth. Bar review companies gear their programs to what they think a typical student needs. But typical students don’t exist when it comes to bar study. (It’s kind of like the reasonable person in Torts. Who is this mythical being who lacks race, gender, sex, class, and human emotion?)

It is true that your bar review company will grossly underestimate the amount of time you will need to spend turning their materials into something that works for you. It is true that some things that your bar review company tells you to do won’t be the best use of your time. Don’t do those things. Do other things. 

Take control and own this process. Your bar review course may feel terrible, but it’s more useful than not. Use it for everything it’s worth. It’s up to you to figure out how to learn best and how to get the most out of your bar review program.  

So, go ahead, hate them. Many people do. But don’t let those feelings get in the way of your success.