BARBRI Bar Review FAQs

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We know you might have a few questions. Read on for BARBRI Bar Review course FAQs.

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Please note that these FAQs are specific to the traditional BARBRI Bar Review course, and all may not be applicable to the 6- or 10-month Extended U.S. Bar Prep course.

You can sign in to your BARBRI account directly by visiting esc.barbri.com/login.html and bookmarking the page.

You can also sign in by visiting barbri.com and clicking the “Sign In” link at the top right of the page.

Visit esc.barbri.com/login.html, or visit barbri.com and click “Sign In” at the top right of your screen.

  • Above the "Sign In" button, select the applicable option - “Forgot Your: User Name / Password”.
  • You will be asked to provide your email, or both your user name and email, depending on which option you select.

If you no longer have access to the email address that was used to create your account or need additional help, please contact BARBRI Customer Service at service@barbri.com or 888-322-7274 (U.S.).

Yes! You can complete 100% of your BARBRI Bar Review course, studying for any U.S. state or jurisdiction, online anywhere in the world as long as you have a strong, stable internet connection.

Your BARBRI Bar Review Personal Study Plan (PSP) will be available in mid-April for the summer bar review course and in mid-November for the winter course. You will receive an email communication when your PSP has been activated.

Once you have access, you will be able to see all assignments available to you for the entire course.

The course lasts 8-10 weeks, and the average student should expect to spend about 40 hours per week studying. Each week, you may study the specific days, hours per day, and time of day that work best for your schedule.

You may change your state up to early June for the summer BARBRI Bar Review course or up to early January for the winter course.

If you are uncertain which state bar exam you will be taking and think you may need to transfer to another state, you should wait to request course materials (if available) until you have made the final decision on the state for which you are studying.

For help, please email service@BARBRI.com or call 888-322-7274.

It is possible to defer your course to a later date. For help, please email service@BARBRI.com or call 888-322-7274.

Absolutely! We highly recommend it.

Beginning around September for the following winter and summer BARBRI Bar Review course, you can start working with BARBRI Early Start. Early Start allows you to build key bar exam skills and knowledge early through Immersion workshops such as MBE Immersion and Essay Immersion. Early Start is entirely self-directed and designed to fit into your schedule.

Investing just 24 total study hours with Early Start before you start your BARBRI Bar Review course statistically increases your chances of passing the bar exam the first time. Just Sign In to your account to get started.

Also, as early as September for the February exam or February for the July exam, we encourage you to complete the Bar Review Baseline - the fastest way to personalize your BARBRI course. Here's how:

  • Sign In and take the 2-hour Baseline assessment.
  • Answer all 70 questions in one session or a few at a time (we recommend one session, if possible).
  • Before bar review begins, you will receive a personalized report to help you immediately understand your strengths and opportunity areas.
  • ISAAC, the engine that drives your BARBRI course, uses your results to immediately customize your BARBRI Personal Study Plan (PSP).

You have your own learning style and schedule. Your bar prep should reflect that. BARBRI Bar Review is very flexible in terms of allowing you to study when and where you learn best.

You can modify your course schedule at any time, adjust your start date, select the days you’d like to study and specific days you need to take off. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, BARBRI is ready to go when you are.

What makes BARBRI even more flexible and personalized is ISAAC. ISAAC is the engine that creates your Personal Study Plan (PSP). It’s the difference between a "one size fits all” course and a "personalized specifically for you" experience.

Everything ISAAC assigns is statistically correlated to passing your bar exam. And it automatically recalibrates as it learns from you, your schedule customizations and time remaining until your exam. Whether you’re on track, working ahead or falling a bit behind, ISAAC makes sure you will get you the most points possible. Learn more about ISAAC.

We want to be straight with you though. While your study time, days and location are extremely flexible, studying for the bar exam requires time and commitment. It’s tough. It should be treated like a full-time job. You should plan on spending approximately 40 hours per week over 8-10 weeks studying.

Nobody – no bar exam course – can make studying for the bar exam easy. But we can make it easier. And we’re here for you every step of The BARBRI Way.

If you have a BARBRI Bar Review account, you can sign in and navigate to My Account in the upper right corner to view your complete financial summary and payment options.

Summer BARBRI Bar Review course balances must be completely paid, or on a payment plan or financing, by April 15 for you to be able to access the course and avoid incurring late balance charges. Winter bar review course balances must be completely paid, or on a payment plan or financing, by November 15.

CREDIT CARDS OR CHECKS: BARBRI accepts American Express, MasterCard, Discover and VISA. Debit/check cards may be declined unless the transaction is pre-authorized by your financial institution.

Personal checks, bank checks and money orders are also accepted. If paying by check, please write your BARBRI ID number in the memo line and mail to: BARBRI, 12222 Merit Drive Suite 1340, Dallas, TX 75251.

INSTALLMENT PLAN: You can create an interest-free, custom installment payment plan when you pay with a debit or credit card. Pay your initial required BARBRI down payment (depending on the course you’re selecting) and then split up the remainder of your tuition payments over time.

A custom installment payment plan is not a loan – no credit check is required and no interest is applied.

If you create a custom installment plan for a summer bar review course, your total tuition must be paid in full by June 15. If you create a custom installment plan for a winter bar review course, your total tuition must be paid in full by January 15.

For help, please email service@BARBRI.com or call 888-322-7274.

AFFIRM FINANCING: Many BARBRI Bar Review options allow you to finance with Affirm during enrollment to create easy, fixed monthly payments over 3, 6 or 12 months.

The interest rate (0-30% APR) and term options (3, 6 or 12 months) you are offered is based on the tuition type you are choosing and on a credit check. You can check your eligibility during enrollment and it will not impact your credit score – provide some basic information and get a real-time decision to split your purchase into 3, 6, or 12 monthly payments at 0-30% APR.

If you Finance with Affirm during enrollment, you can include any initially required BARBRI down payments in your loan. Or, you can make the minimum required payment toward your BARBRI tuition at the time of enrollment via your preferred payment method.

Once you Finance with Affirm, you will begin making payments immediately to Affirm, but the entire balance of your tuition does not need to be paid prior to your course starting or ending.

When you finance, a down payment may be required and Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey state-chartered bank, Member FDIC. Learn more about Financing with Affirm.

BARBRI has a direct billing relationship with over 1,000 law firms. Once your law firm has communicated to you that they will pay directly for your bar review course, learn more about billing your firm for BARBRI Bar Review.

Once you have requested that BARBRI directly bill a law firm for your bar review course, the selected firm will receive an invoice for your balance due (tuition and tax). Some firms will pay for the shipping fee and refundable book deposit. If your firm does not, you will be billed separately for those fees.

If you already have a BARBRI Bar Review account, you can request direct billing. For help, please email service@BARBRI.com or call 888-322-7274. Firm invoices are sent monthly.

Your firm must establish an account with BARBRI and pay your tuition before the course begins or you will be responsible for payment in full.

Year after year, BARBRI supports thousands of students who seek to change the world. Last year alone, BARBRI awarded over $4.5M in scholarships to public interest students and other world-changers.

To apply for a BARBRI Public Interest scholarship while they are available, submit your application. If selected, you will receive a discount on your BARBRI Bar Review course tuition.

View the Public Interest scholarship application, deadlines, and requirements here.

Yes, you can request international shipment of your BARBRI books. When you confirm your shipping address, you will be able to designate an international address and provide payment for the shipping costs.

Depending on the specific BARBRI Bar Review option you select when enrolling, hard copy materials are typically available for shipping request in March for the following summer BARBRI Bar Review course and September for the following winter bar review course. You will be notified via email when books are available for order.

Once books are available to be ordered for your bar review course, you must have:

  • paid at least $1,000 toward your BARBRI Bar Review course tuition and have a valid payment plan OR 
  • have financed your tuition with Affirm, OR
  • designated the law firm that is paying your tuition.

For help, please email service@BARBRI.com or call 888-322-7274.

BARBRI course materials will be sent via UPS Ground. You may request expedited shipment for an additional fee. Upon shipment, you will receive an email with tracking information.

Please note that materials will not be available for pick up at your course location, and ground shipping may take 5-7 business days.

Please contact BARBRI Customer Support at 888-322-7274 (U.S.), or email service@barbri.com, if you have questions or need help with ordering or shipping materials.

The specific materials you will receive will vary state-by-state and by the BARBRI Bar Review option you select while enrolling. When you receive your materials, carefully compare the contents to the checklist. 

Returning your BARBRI hard copy materials is optional; however, you must return them to receive any material deposit refund that you paid at the time of enrollment (if applicable).

Your box of hard copy materials will include a checklist and material return order form that you will use to determine which materials need to be returned.

Materials can be returned in any condition, along with the completed Material Return Form, all in one package. The package must be postmarked no later than 30 days after your jurisdiction’s bar exam results are released.

The length of BARBRI lectures is determined by subject. Lectures are segmented into subtopics, so you may choose to watch a lecture in its entirely in one setting (typically 3-4 total hours), or watch / re-watch specific segments only.

Yes, BARBRI Bar Review is designed to prepare students to pass the bar in all U.S. states and jurisdictions. If state-specific content is tested on your bar exam, it is covered in your course.

The number of essays included in your BARBRI Bar Review course is dependent upon the option you select when you enroll. Many options included an unlimited number of graded essays; however, it’s important to remember that it’s not the number of essays you submit for grading that matters most.

During bar study, your goal is to learn to write the best bar exam essays possible, as quickly as possible. And writing essays for the bar exam is very different from writing essays for law school.

As we’ve worked with students, we’ve seen that submitting practice essay after essay with no initial guidance and delayed feedback reinforces bad habits and wastes time. For this reason, a purely “unlimited” essay grading system can actually stunt your progress.

We don’t want that for our students. So BARBRI has a better answer with proven results: Directed Essay Grading.

It starts with Essay Architect, our exclusive online instruction platform that takes you through a series of steps to learn to critically read bar exam questions, enhance the speed of your essay writing and construct strong, winning answers. Essay Architect provides immediate feedback to build your essay writing skills quickly.

Then, we assign a carefully selected series of past bar exam essays and performance tests for grading and feedback from trained bar exam writing experts. You’ll also receive many more essays for practice and self-grading.

These steps move you methodologically along an upward trajectory of continuous bar exam writing improvement.

You will have access to over 5,500 MBE questions throughout your BARBRI Bar Review course. However, we don’t believe that this is quite the right question – or at least not the entire question – to be asking.

As with many things, it’s not just the quantity, it’s the quality and the methodology that matters. 

When it comes to real released MBE questions, BARBRI offers NCBE released questions with select BARBRI Bar Review options – and we assign select questions that have been vetted to ensure they represent areas most likely to be tested. As a general rule, we don’t recommend focusing too much on released MBE questions.

Questions that have been released by the examiners will not appear in any future MBE because the scoring data for those questions would not be reliable. And, because only about 80 questions per subject have been released in the past 10 years, released questions don’t provide a good representation of the topics that are most likely to appear on the exam. Focusing primarily on real released MBE questions is another way some bar preppers misuse precious, limited study time.

The vast majority of BARBRI’s questions have been developed by BARBRI subject matter experts to test on the most important, most frequently tested topic areas – the same way the bar examiners do. These questions have been drafted after careful review of actual MBE questions and have been approved by professors who are experts in those subjects.

We recommend that you complete the course on a computer or a laptop. Google Chrome is our suggested internet browser. If you are using a Mac, please download Google Chrome or Safari for the best experience. If you are using a PC, please download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for the best experience.

Click here for other technical requirements and troubleshooting tips.

You may also download the BARBRI Study Plan App to watch lectures (streaming or swipe to download) and work practice questions on iOS and Android.

Yes, you will be able to submit substantive questions during your course through your Personal Study Plan. 

Questions are answered by BARBRI attorneys and, in most instances, within 48 hours via email or phone.

With the BARBRI Guarantee, if you take a BARBRI Bar Review course for the first time for a particular state and you do not pass or sit for that state's bar exam, you may retake the same course online once for the same state the next time the course is offered without paying additional tuition.

Please see the specific BARBRI option that you select during enrollment for details or completion requirements.

To enroll, choose your state, exam date via this form to submit your request for a Guarantee Enrollment.

If the BARBRI option you originally selected during enrollment includes hard copy materials, the following options are available for Guarantee students of those courses:

  • If a new edition of hard copy materials has been released, you must pay a $250 refundable book deposit, plus shipping and handling fees, to enroll in the Guarantee course. You will be shipped a new set of books.
  • If the edition of hard copy materials is the same as those used in your original course but you wish to receive another set of books, you must pay another $250 refundable book deposit, plus shipping fees, before books can be shipped to you.

If you choose to keep your books from your original course, please be aware that you are forfeiting the refundable materials deposit that you paid with your original course.

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You may also contact the BARBRI Director of Legal Education assigned to your U.S. law school to determine if your law school has pre-purchased any BARBRI Bar Review options of which you may be able to take advantage.

Access to the course content will conclude the Monday after the bar exam is administered.

There are no BARBRI Bar Review course cancellation fees if the cancellation request is received before you have been provided physical or online bar review content or materials.

If you deliver a written request to cancel your enrollment before 12:00 a.m. (CDT) on the fifth business day following your enrollment date, you will receive a full refund of all payments made less any promotional gift cards received. After five days from enrollment, you may deliver a written request to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of all monies paid less your non-refundable registration fee and any promotional gift cards received, if applicable.

You may not cancel your enrollment once physical or online course materials or access has been provided.

Please deliver a written request for cancellation to service@barbri.com.

Find the BARBRI bar prep course that’s built for you

Traditional Bar Review

Full-time course | 8-10 week

Study for any U.S. state exam, including the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
Best for:

Candidates with a J.D. from a U.S. law school looking for the quickest, most efficient & effective course to pass any U.S. state bar exam

Extended Bar Prep

Part-time course | 6- or 10-month 

Study for a UBE state, including New York or California
Best for:

Best for candidates without a J.D. from a U.S. law school looking for the most comprehensive bar prep or students who want more study time & flexibility

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