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Study for a U.S. Bar Exam in Dublin or at home
We are pleased to bring the BARBRI International Bar Review Home Study and Classroom programmes to prepare for the New York or California Bar Exam in Ireland.
As a Classroom candidate, you will experience a combined online Home Study and Live Classroom experience held in either Dublin or in Belfast.
Dublin Classroom: The classroom programme in Dublin spans 6 months, running from Feb – Jul or Sept – Feb each year. Throughout the course, you will meet face-to-face regularly to participate in discussions and learning guided by an expert facilitator who has previously taken BARBRI and passed a U.S. bar exam.
Belfast Classroom: The part-time classroom programme in Belfast spans 10 months, running from Sept – Jul each year. Throughout the course, you will participate in interactive workshops, held face-to-face, at key points during your bar study schedule. The interactive workshops are led by expert facilitators and focus on critical skill and technique development required to pass a U.S. bar exam.
For all classroom candidates, the live course components complement the online learning and tools outlined below and serves as an opportunity to receive additional guidance, direction and support locally in Dublin and Belfast. Additionally, you will receive the opportunity to sit a live, simulated examination during your studies to help train your body and brain for this rigorous portion of the exam. Our data and experience has shown that just experiencing a live, simulated exam can significantly impact your chances of passing a U.S bar exam.
As a Home Study only candidate, you may choose from the 6-month or a 10-month course duration based on the amount of time you have to dedicate to bar studies each week. Both the 6- and 10-month Home Study options 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. The Home Study programme is designed for working professionals who need a truly part-time study option with greater flexibility and are offered four times a year leading into the scheduled bar examinations, which take place in February and July each year.
All classroom and online course options offer the same written and online materials, access to a 1:1 mentor and are designed to accommodate candidates who have other commitments.
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.
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.
BARBRI AMP is a highly effective way to master the black letter law and maximise your MBE score. It’s built right into your Personal Study Plan – only when you need it based on assessments of your bar study progress. BARBRI AMP employs interactive software techniques used by video game developers to keep you engaged, motivated and focused. It quickly assesses your level of knowledge and confidence in core areas of law, then focuses your attention where you need additional study. BARBRI AMP monitors your aptitude in real time and instantly configures follow-up questions until you’ve demonstrated a solid grasp of a concept. No other legal study aid does this.
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.