Study for a U.S. Bar Exam Anywhere in the world with our home study programme
BARBRI International Bar Preparation courses are offered twice a year leading into the scheduled U.S. state bar examinations, which take place in February and July each year.
While all classroom and online course options are designed to accommodate candidates who have other commitments and offer the same written and online materials, the Home Study programme is recommended for working professionals who need a truly part-time study option with greater flexibility and for candidates who cannot attend a classroom course due to location or classroom schedule conflicts.
As a Home Study candidate, you may choose from a 6-month or a 10-month course duration based on the amount of time you have to dedicate to bar studies each week. Both programmes use learning techniques such as spaced time repetition to ensure you are building knowledge over time to increase your chances of success in passing a U.S. bar exam.
Preparing with BARBRI International
The BARBRI International Bar Preparation programme is designed specifically for non-U.S. graduates focusing on the exam techniques that international students find difficult to master and on the topics that are most frequently examined to enhance your prospects of achieving bar examination success. Find out more below.
6 or 10 month programme
With the home study programme, candidates may choose between a 10-month course option and a 6-month course option depending on the time you have to devote to bar studies.
The 6-month programme runs from February through July with the bar examination in July or from September to February with the bar examination in February.
The 10 month programme runs from September through to July with the bar examination in July or from April to February with the bar exam in February.
Course work is assigned through the BARBRI Personal Study Plan throughout the course.
Personal Study Plan
The easy-to-use online Personal Study Plan is your weekly to-do list during the BARBRI International Bar Review course. It continually monitors your progress and automatically recommends assignments aligned to your unique areas of need. Video lectures, outlines, practice questions and workshops build over time to create a highly effective structure of bar preparation. Frequent progress assessments help you to study smarter, not harder. Your Personal Study Plan analyses more than 1,000 points of data collected from your assignments, grades, practice exams and practice essays. This helps you hone in and improve on areas of law that need the most attention. You spend your study time where it will yield the best results.
The online Essay Architect tool provides immediate feedback for higher scoring essays. It enhances your ability to write the lawyer-like answers that the bar examiners are looking for on the bar exam. Essay Architect takes you through a series of steps so you learn to critically read bar exam questions, enhance the speed of your essay writing and construct strong, winning answers. Using drag-and-drop features, you build your practice essay following the standard IRAC format. Immediate feedback reinforces organisation and structure. Then you can submit your practice essays to BARBRI for grading by a trained essay writing expert. You receive personalised feedback on the style of your writing and the substantive pros-and-cons of your answer.
BARBRI International students will sit a simulated essay day exam and a full two-day mock exam prior to travelling to the US to sit the real exam. By far, this will be your best predictor of bar exam success. Our realistic 200-question Simulated MBE compares your test results with other BARBRI International students. Our two, three-hour testing sessions cover the seven MBE subjects (Civil Procedure, Criminal Law and Procedure, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Real Property, Torts), providing a realistic preview of the mental and physical challenges you can expect during this portion of the bar exam. And only BARBRI has studied every single MBE since it debuted in 1972. In fact, the MBE portion of the bar exam has changed many times in recent years and so have our practice test questions. We’ve reviewed, edited and revised them to accurately reflect the most current MBE format.
MOVE BEYOND MERE MEMORISATION
One of the most common questions we hear from students during their bar studies is ”when do I start to memorise the law?” The problem with this question and this strategy is that memorisation isn’t the same as learning and application. That is where the BARBRI LawMaster Study Keys come in. The first key is to have, at the highest level, a manageable and memorable framework to learn the law and understand where the rules fit into that framework.
The next key to actually learning the law is to be able to bring together Rules, the Elements that comprise the rule AND a Story to actually apply the Rules and Elements to real world scenarios.
The LawMaster Study Keys are exclusive to BARBRI, a product of having helped 1.3M candidates pass the bar over 50 years and a true reinvention to help you really learn the law.
Best U.S. Law Professors
BARBRI International has the finest faculty in bar preparation, consisting of renowned American law school professors who teach you the substantive law for each multistate and state subject while highlighting commonly-tested issues and how to handle them. The lectures are wholly examination-driven. They are carefully crafted to convey what you need to know in each subject.
These lectures are recorded live in the U.S. and are available to each candidate online throughout the programme.
Additional Tools & Features
Bar Exam Details & Eligibility
A U.S. qualification is more achievable than you might have first thought as New York and California operate a relatively open policy in permitting foreign law graduates or lawyers to sit their bar examinations and do not impose restrictions to admission on grounds of nationality or residence.
There are many factors to consider though and we encourage candidates to attend an Open Day, or speak with a BARBRI International team member prior to programme enrollment so that we can ensure that you understand the steps required to establish your eligibility, that you are available to study for and sit the bar examination.