Bar None Review Announces Newest Prep Course Design Improvements For 2013 California Bar Exam

Increasingly Popular Course Incorporates Latest Technology To Help Boost Bar Exam Success Rates For Students In State Suffering Lowest Pass Rates In the Country
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Dec. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- Bar None Review and Bar Exam Guru, two full service test prep companies that specialize in helping law students to successfully pass the California bar exam, have announced their latest innovations for 2013 that will increasingly make use of cutting edge advances in online and in-class instruction. Advances have been specifically designed to increase the likelihood that students preparing for a legal career in California will successfully pass the bar exam on their first try.

Lisa Duncanson, Founder and CEO of Bar None Review made that announcement while preparing to accept applications for enrollment for this year's courses set to take place in two separate locations, on two different weekends. Session I will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th, 2013 in Los Angeles. Session II will be held on Saturday and Sunday February 16th and 17th in Los Angeles.

“Bar None Review has been successfully preparing bar examinees for 15 years now,” Duncanson noted with pride. “This year, we decided to further customize and personalize the preparatory experience for law students to make this year our students' most successful year ever. Among course refinements, students will receive condensed attack outlines that cover every bar exam tested topic, as well as approaches for the essay topics and The Bar Exam Guru's Exam Predictions.”

Bar None Review’s superior test review courses and the competitive advantages they have long enjoyed in the marketplace speak for themselves. Over the years, Bar None Review has become the bar review course of choice for many prestigious law firms, including Wachtel, Lipton, Rosen and Katz in New York, and Best, Best & Krieger in Riverside, California.

“I think a large part of our increasing popularity and success can be attributed to the fact that we enjoy a proven track record for being able to pretty accurately predict likely essay subjects that students will encounter when sitting for the California bar,” Duncanson observed with satisfaction. “I usually release these predictions on my public blog a day or two before each bar is to be held for students to study.  But for those who have enrolled in my company's courses, I will give them out much earlier.” While Duncanson stated that “she would never claim to be able to predict the bar essay topics” and stressed that no one should prepare for the bar exam by trying to predict what will be tested, she noted, “it is always best to prepare for every subject” and added, “it does provide comfort to students to have areas to emphasize in their final days of study.”

This year, Duncanson stated that her Bar Exam Cram Sessions will further include an extremely helpful "Ten-Day Study Plan” that can be used during the last ten days leading up to the bar exam.

“The Bar Exam Cram Sessions make the exam seem very do-able and provide students with greater confidence,” she observed. “Along with that, our two day bar review crash course will pull everything together to help students get through the last few weeks of bar prep, that are often the most stressful.”

Another key advantage that Duncanson believed that her company can offer lies in the fact that Bar None Review has come to increasingly rely on using innovative learning systems and technology that focuses on personalized training to supplement traditional live classroom instruction.  

“Most students who take the standard 'cookie-cutter' bar review courses provided by the big name 'Big Box' companies ultimately find themselves sitting in a classroom watching video tapes, or worse – studying online, frequently isolated, often by themselves,” Duncanson said.  “With Bar None, our students can not only access such tests and study materials online, but they can instantly upload their practice exams to be graded along with results that can be downloaded 24 hours a day to help them to see how to increasingly improve.”

But Duncanson noted that the biggest reason why her company may be enjoying its meteoric rise in popularity among law students, attorney takers and repeat bar examinees has to do with the uniquely customized approach that Bar None has crafted to help so many students to pass the California bar.  

“The 'Big Box' companies that typically cater to all 50 states have done so largely at the expense of specializing in unique facets that students need to understand to be able to pass the California bar exam,” Duncanson observed. “California's bar exam is unique among states. For example, while most states use a 30 minute essay exam requiring short answer responses, the California bar exam is far more heavily weighted toward rewarding students who demonstrate solid essay writing skills that can further address a higher number of issues per essay. In essence, a unique style of writing is required to pass the California bar. Also, while most states conduct a two day exam, the California bar encompasses three days.  And understanding what goes into that margin of difference is critical.”

Duncanson pointed out that one example of this can be seen in California examinees tested on both Federal Evidence and the California Evidence Code. According to Duncanson, brand name “Big Box” courses do not combine the Federal and California rules together. Instead, these companies have traditionally provided students with two separate, very cumbersome outlines – one outline for the Federal Rules of Evidence and a second for the California Evidence Code. Examinees are then faced with trying to figure out the true testable distinctions.

“By contrast, Bar None Review has combined this material so that students can immediately see the testable distinctions between Federal and California Evidence all in one place,” Duncanson noted. “Essentially, we stream line everything and provide students with what they will need to commit to memory in the final weeks of their bar review period.”

Bar None Review law school study guides can be found at UC Hastings College of Law Bookstore and The Law Bookstore in Anaheim, among other locations.

For more information, readers can visit: and

Lisa Duncanson
Founder/Program Director
Bar None Review
P.O Box 853
Huntington Beach, Ca
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