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 BARBRI Alumni Course or 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.).

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.

Based on the specific BARBRI Bar Review option you select when enrolling, you can either pre-determine that you are going to do all of the assignments 100% online (on-demand only), or you can select a classroom location (subject to availability) and decide to watch all or some of the lectures in a classroom setting (attendance is optional). Either way, you will receive the exact same efficient and effective lectures from renowned U.S. law professors.

You will have access to watch or re-watch lectures online, on-demand regardless of the location you select.

Your BARBRI Bar Review Personal Study Plan (PSP) will be available in early May for the summer bar review course and in early December 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.

As location options are determined and schedules become available for your bar exam year and session, you can find them on the Locations & Schedules page on BARBRI.com.

  • General location information typically becomes available in September for the following winter and summer BARBRI Bar Review courses.
  • As specific location information becomes available and schedules are finalized, they are updated on the Locations & Schedules.

We recommend you bookmark the Locations & Schedules page and refer back often as your course session nears.

Depending on the specific BARBRI Bar Review option you select when enrolling, you may Sign in to My Account - Location Selection to review, select or change your course location.

Once BARBRI Personal Study Plans (PSPs) become available for your course session, you will not have access until you designate a course location. Your course location will either be “online only” or a specific physical location.

Once your course location is selected, you may change it up to early June for the summer BARBRI Bar Review course or up to early January for the winter course. Since your course location can affect assignments in your PSP, changes should be minimized once your PSP is available.

Visit the Locations & Schedules page on BARBRI.com to see available course locations and schedules as they become available for your bar exam year and session.

Sign in to My Account – Take Course In Another State to transfer your course enrollment to another state. 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.

Yes, if you select a classroom location, you still have access to all lectures online, on-demand to watch or re-watch.

Whether attending a classroom location or watching lectures online, you will get the same efficient and effective lectures and content delivered by renowned U.S. law professors.

For the traditional BARBRI Bar Review course, different options are available that allow you to select to study entirely online or attend a classroom location for your substantive lectures. Pricing and options are always subject to change.

For a summer BARBRI Bar Review course, depending on the option you select when you enroll, when you attend a classroom, you may either experience 1) a live professor delivering the lecture or workshop content; 2) a live stream of a professor who is physically in another location; or 3) in some instances, you may watch a pre-recorded video in a classroom environment.

For the winter bar review course, when you attend a classroom, you will watch a pre-recorded video in a classroom environment.

For questions about the format used in a specific classroom location, 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 is all online, entirely self-directed and focuses on the 25 most frequently tested bar exam subtopics. Investing just 24 hours before the start of your BARBRI Bar Review course is the best way to increase your chances of passing the bar exam the first time. Just Sign In to your account to get started.

Also, before your bar review course opens, 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 your personalized Baseline study report.
  • ISAAC – the engine that drives your BARBRI Bar Review Personal Study Plan – will also use the insights to customize your summer bar review course assignments.

The BARBRI Bar Review course is very flexible in terms of allowing you to study when and where you study best over the 8-10 weeks during which the course is assigning work. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, BARBRI is ready to go when you are.

Your BARBRI Personal Study Plan (PSP) adjusts to you as you work. Your PSP is driven by an engine called ISAAC, your intuitive study assistant and coach, that knows what is most likely to be tested on the exam (what’s most important) and it gets to know you. If you spend less time studying one day, ISAAC adjusts your PSP and reassigns recommended assignments to ensure you are always focused on the most impactful assignments to get you the most points on your bar exam. To learn more about ISAAC and the BARBRI Bar Review course, click here.

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

Yes, depending on the option you select when you enroll, additional UBE locations are available outside of the state for which you are studying. Those options are listed here as they become available for your bar exam year and session.

If you find a UBE classroom location outside of your exam state that you’d like to attend, please contact 888-322-7274 or the Director of Legal Education assigned to your U.S. law school to have it designated as your official course location selection.

If you have a BARBRI Bar Review account, you can Sign in to My Account – Make Payment and 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, 1500 Broadway, Suite 808, New York, NY 10036.

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.

If you already have a BARBRI Bar Review account, you can set up an installment plan through My Account - Payment options. 

AFFIRM FINANCING: Many BARBRI Bar Review options allow you to finance with Affirm during or after 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 and finance the remainder with Affirm at a later date from your account.

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 the BARBRI Bar Review course options available.

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 by Signing in to the My Account - Bill My Employer page. 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 created a Custom Installment Payment Plan, OR
  • have financed your tuition with Affirm, OR
  • designated the law firm that is paying your tuition.

Click here to make a payment, set up a Custom Installment Payment Plan, or review financing options.

Once materials are available and the payment requirements are met, sign in to My Account - Bar Review Request Shipping, select your Bar Review Kit, and enter your shipping address.

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 by September 1 for the summer BARBRI Bar Review course, and by March 30 for the winter course.

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 2,500 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, and sign in using your BARBRI ID. The system will identify you as a Guarantee student.

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

  • Guarantee students are entitled to new lecture handout book with their repeat course.
  • 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.

Click here for information about current pricing and promotions.

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.

For all BARBRI Bar Review courses, you may cancel your enrollment before 12:00 AM (CDT) on the 5th business day following your enrollment by delivering a written request for cancellation to service@barbri.com and receive a full refund of all payments made less any promotional gift cards received (if any), as long as physical bar review materials have not been received, or bar review course online access has not been provided.

You may no longer cancel your enrollment on any BARBRI course or tuition type once physical bar review materials have been received and / or online bar review content has been provided.

Beginning with 2021 BARBRI Bar Review courses, there are no cancellation fees for cancellation requests received before physical and/or bar review content has been provided. All course options do have a non-refundable registration fee.

Please carefully review the Contract Details & Requirements prior to enrollment.

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)
100% online, classroom options across the U.S. or both
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
100% online or blended classroom options in select countries
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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