Most frequent questions and answers
AmeriBar is a legal education organization founded in 1999. We offer complete bar exam preparation courses and bar exam tutoring for over 48 jurisdictions.
You Will Pay A Reasonable Tuition
AmeriBar offers bar exam preparation courses for over 48 jurisdictions. A complete AmeriBar bar review course starts for under $2000. You will pay a fraction of the price of our competitor’s bar review course. Additionally, with AmeriBar, you will receive a superior bar review course. We do not rent classrooms, and we do not have an army of sales representatives. We do not provide you with “free” tchotchke that will end up costing you thousands. We pass the savings on to our students. Prices generally rise as the bar exam approaches, so the earlier you enroll, the more you’ll save on your bar review course.
Better Study Materials
You will receive outlines and lectures that are focused on what you need to know to pass the bar exam. We study recent bar exams and are able to identify exam trends and repeatedly tested topics. We employ a proprietary star system that highlight important legal concepts for exam purposes. As a result, your study process will become more efficient and effective.
Study on Your Terms
You don’t have to brave through traffic to come to a crowded classroom to watch a video of a law school professor who probably hasn’t taken any bar exam in years. Study on your terms – at any time, in any location. Take a lesson from our past students. Study on the beach in the Florida Keys, on a mountain in South America, or at a cafe in Paris. You know where you will be most productive – and it’s not in a crowded lecture hall full of anxious examinees.
Competitors’ Students Come to Us to Pass
AmeriBar has tutored repeat bar examinees for 20 years. In fact, most of our tutoring students found us after having failed the bar exam after taking another company’s bar review course. We understand the mistakes that students make and we know what they must change in order to pass the bar exam. You can learn those skills the next time you take the bar exam.
Our attorney authors, editors, instructors, and tutors are located throughout the country and the world. Our main office is located in Tallahassee, Florida.
Our contact information is as follows:
1242 Timberlane Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Tel: (800) 529-2651
Fax: (800) 529-2652
Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items on our website catalog may be mispriced. If an item’s correct price is higher than our stated price, we will, at our discretion, either contact you for instructions before shipping or cancel your order and notify you of such cancellation.
By visiting our website(s), you agree that the laws of the state of Florida, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Conditions of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and AmeriBar.
Any dispute relating in any way to your visit to our website(s) or to products or services sold or distributed by AmeriBar shall be adjudicated in any state or federal court in Leon County, Florida, and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts.
As a bar exam preparation organization with a history of 20+ years providing courses and tutoring to thousands of examinees, we know that it is impossible for any national course provider with more than a minimal number of students to provide a complete, accurate, and uniform pass rate. In fact, we believe that you should be very cautious and suspicious of any bar exam preparation program that purports to provide complete pass rates. In short, an organization that publishes a “pass rate” is either lying, intentionally misleading you, or providing you with incomplete and/or inaccurate information that does not in any way apply to your circumstances. Don’t fall for lies and deception.
There is no uniform way recognized by anyone to calculate a bar exam program’s pass rate. Additionally, many jurisdictions do not even provide the names of people who pass the bar exam. Therefore, obtaining a complete pass rate is, for all practical purposes, impossible. How can a course provider calculate a pass percentage in these jurisdictions that do not provide this information? Yet, incredibly, some course providers purport to. Moreover, many factors can skew a declared pass rate high or low; a course provider can use statistics to say anything. It’s simply impossible to calculate a meaningful pass rate and compare it to another organization’s figure. Many bar review companies that declare a pass rate have it filled with caveats and qualifications. You’ll clearly see the figures are culled for self-serving purposes. One of the most recent we have seen relies on self-reporting of examinees; of course, this is incredibly misleading.
We are transparent with students and believe that our products and services speak for themselves. Our student recommendation rates and student testimonials unequivocally demonstrate that AmeriBar works.
AmeriBar solicits feedback from students after the bar exam.
AMERIBAR’S COURSE RECOMMENDATION RATE – Over 95%
Over 95% of students who responded to our request indicated that they would recommend our course to a friend.
AMERIBAR’S TUTORING RECOMMENDATION RATE – Over 98%
Over 98% of tutoring students who responded to our request indicated that they would recommend our tutoring program to a friend.
Immediately. You can usually start studying online just a few minutes or hours after enrolling. You will receive online access to the student website no later tan within one business day (usually minutes). Books are generally received within 7-10 days. Our program is available online at any time. Therefore, there are no scheduled classes to attend.
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Bar Review Courses
We know how important it is to be comfortable with your bar review course. Therefore, we provide students with a no-questions-asked inspection period for our bar review courses. You may inspect the online course for 7 days from the date you enroll. If you do not wish to continue enrollment for any reason, you may withdraw for a full refund minus 20% and the cost of shipping. This percentage reflects our approximate unrecoverable costs including, but not limited to, the costs of printing, shipping, administrative, and licensing fees. You must return all course materials (and are responsible for return shipping fees). Any returned materials must be in unused and unmarked condition. This policy does not apply to any enrollments made within 30 days of the administration of the next bar exam.
We are so confident that you will value our tutoring program that we offer a guaranteed pro-rated refund. If you do not appreciate the tutoring program for any reason, then at any time within 24 hours of completing your third tutoring session, or no later than three weeks from your enrollment date, whichever comes first, notify AmeriBar and return the books and you may cancel your remaining sessions and receive a pro-rated refund for your unused sessions less a 20% fee (approximating our unrecoverable costs). We know of no other program that offers this type of guarantee. This policy does not apply to any enrollments made within 30 days of the administration of the next bar exam.
All of AmeriBar’s courses come with a “Class ’til You Pass” guarantee. All students are eligible. If you sit for the bar exam, and do not pass the exam, you will receive free continuing access to the online course materials for the next exam administration. You must inform AmeriBar that you did not pass the exam within 30 days of being notified of the results. You must also email AmeriBar a copy of the notification letter from the Board of Law Examiners. Provided you sit for each exam and are unsuccessful, you can receive free continuing access to the online course (except Live Classes and Essay Critiques) for up to two years from the date of your original enrollment.
We know that life can sometimes get in the way of taking the bar exam. That’s why we started the “Class ‘Til You Pass” course extension program. If you postpone taking the bar exam for any reason, you can receive access to the course for the next exam administration by paying a $249 course extension fee. If you are taking the same jurisdiction’s bar exam, you can extend your access as many times as you need to by paying the course extension fee for each exam administration. The “Class ‘Til You Pass” course extension program lasts for two years from the date of your original enrollment.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request continued access. Please send a copy of your notice of deferment or enrollment for the exam from the Board of Bar Examiners.
Your AmeriBar student account is personal and non-transferable.
If you enrolled in an AmeriBar complete course for any jurisdiction in the past five years, you are entitled to a 10% discount for the upcoming exam.
Your AmeriBar student account is personal and non-transferable.
You can change bar exam jurisdictions by paying for a course transfer. The course transfer costs:
- $299 (online only)
- $499 (online and book exchange)
All UBE exams count as one jurisdiction. Therefore, you will not need a course transfer to another UBE jurisdiction unless you need new or replacement books.
Your AmeriBar student account is personal and non-transferable.
If we offer a complete bar review course for a jurisdiction, then the course will be state-specific unless the bar examiners have indicated that essay questions are to be answered according to general legal principles, not the law of the jurisdiction. In some states, the examiners have indicated that questions testing certain enumerated subjects should be answered according to state law, while others should be answered according to general legal principles. In these states, we follow the direction of the examiners and provide state-specific law for the subjects for which such knowledge is required.
All orders are processed within 1-4 business days after you enroll. Books are printed after you enroll. Printing may take up to 7 days. Shipment transit time depend upon the method of shipment you select. For shipments within the United States, we estimate that your order should be delivered within 10 business days of enrollment. For shipments outside of the United States, we estimate that your order should be delivered within 20 business days of enrollment. Order made in November or December may be subject to additional delays due to the holidays. AmeriBar is not responsible for shipping delays including delays with customs. All disputes concerning shipping should be addressed to the carrier.
You can listen to any lecture at any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can rewind, pause, or fast-forward lectures. You can even listen to a lecture multiple times.
Our course differs from other review courses in many respects. Our outlines and lectures are focused on testability. Therefore, you will spend your study time more efficiently. Additionally, if you enroll in the essay or full course, you will receive lectures covering essay writing and study strategy. They are based on our highly acclaimed tutoring program. You will also receive access to audio reviews of essay and writing drills. Additionally, we are the least expensive full service bar review course that we are aware of. Here are some of the ways past students said that AmeriBar is different from other review courses:
“The lectures were concise and focused on the important points, which allowed me to learn the new areas of law with the least effort, and efficiently refresh my memory on the other areas.”
“This is a good course for students who have the ability to study independently.”
“I was glad to find this review to help me prepare for the exam and refresh my memory . . . at a price that did not break the bank.”
“I’m glad to have taken your program. I feel the course adequately prepared me to take and pass the [bar exam]. It goes to show that you don’t need to spend over $2,000
for a bar review course if you have the ability to focus and follow through on independent study.”
“I love your course. I’ve recommended it to several other students, and I will continue to recommend it.”
“[The course is] more condensed and focused on the basics of the black letter law, and on helping students develop a test writing strategy.”
“I really liked it when the instructor did more than teach the subject as it would be taught in law school. I liked when they gave tips about the way questions on previous tests were handled and advice for choosing the right answer if the question was confusing.”
Yes you can
It depends on your circumstances. In most cases, we recommend signing up for the Complete Course. However, if you are an at-risk examinee, we recommend the Personal Bar Review Course. We consider the following “at-risk”:
- Failed a bar exam before
- Foreign-educated attorney
- Law student graduating in bottom third of class
- Applicant who graduated from law school over 15 years ago
Yes you can. If you have any questions regarding the course or the law, please contact our office for assistance by email (email@example.com) or by phone at (800) 529-2651.
Yes. The online audio lectures are compatible with Mac and Apple devices.
Yes, up to $250 when you purchase a complete or personal course. If you provide us with proof of payment made to another bar review organization for a complete course for the same state and exam date, we will provide you with a credit for the amount paid (up to the aforementioned limit).
Yes, but they are licensed to you for your personal use only. Therefore, you cannot sell or give the books to a third party.
AmeriBar’s bar exam tutors are the best bar exam tutors in the country. Our tutors are not recent bar examinees who are having trouble finding legal work. Some of our tutors have worked individually with over 500 students. Every AmeriBar bar exam tutor is not only a bar exam expert in your jurisdiction, but a distinguished attorney dedicated to legal education. Our tutors include former and current professors, bar exam graders, and attorneys who are legal writing experts.
A tutor will work with you to:
- analyze your past score reports to identify and address weaknesses;
- assist you to develop an intuitive study calendar (a study calendar must be developed in an intuitive order that allows adequate time for learning and reviewing each subject);
- teach you how to study each subject in a way that maximizes understanding and retention (big-box bar review courses do not address how to study a subject properly. By adjusting a bar exam student’s study process, bar exam scores can be significantly improved);
- prepare customized assignments of essay, MBE, and performance test questions;
- review your assignment answers with you so that you gain an understanding of your mistakes, how to prevent them, and how to improve your score; and
- allow you the opportunity to ask questions about your feedback.
We have no published pass rate for our tutoring program. It is impossible to prepare a pass rate that would apply to your situation. Some students come to us having failed the bar exam once, by a few points. Other students come to us having failed the exam repeatedly, by many points. Their chances of passing the bar exam are completely different and would not apply to you. We frequently request that our students answer a survey about the tutoring program after they take the bar exam. Almost every exam, 100% of respondents indicate that they would recommend the tutoring program to a friend.
Most of our tutoring students come to us after failing the exam while using another company’s bar review course. “Big-box” bar review courses suffer from several fatal defects:
- they do not teach you how to study efficiently and effectively for every portion of the bar exam;
- they do not teach you how to implement bar exam test-taking techniques specific to the each bar exam;
- they do not provide you with individualized feedback that will improve your exam answers; and
- they do not provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and get meaningful answers.
Due to limited availability and the focus of the program, we generally recommend that only repeat examinees enroll in the tutoring program. If you are a first time examinee, we generally recommend you enroll in a complete review course. However, first time examinees considered at-risk would qualify for tutoring. The following types of examinees would qualify as at-risk:
- a student who graduated in the lower 33% of their law school class;
- foreign law graduates;
- someone who graduated from law school over 15 years ago who has not been actively involved in the practice of law; and
- anyone who failed a bar exam in another jurisdiction.
When selecting a tutor, be sure to learn about the organization behind the tutoring. AmeriBar has been tutoring bar exam students for 20 years. We are a bar exam tutoring organization – this isn’t what we do part time. In fact, we pioneered bar exam tutoring. Tutoring is a core AmeriBar focus. Our tutoring program has been developed using established study methodologies and the benefit of experience with thousands of prior students. Additionally, our tutors have a background in legal education and have been extensively trained in all facets of the program.
With AmeriBar, you also have built-in support system. If you have a question, pick up the phone and call one of our attorney mentors. You’ll also have access to other AmeriBar resources including online lectures and question banks.
Tutoring can be expensive, and picking the wrong tutor can be an expensive mistake. There are a few potential pitfalls to avoid when selecting a bar exam tutor:
- hiring the best tutor within driving distance (AmeriBar’s tutors are the best tutors in the world – you won’t find anything comparable within driving distance);
- hiring a tutor from a big box bar review course that has already failed you. As you have already experienced, big box bar review is designed for the masses; and
- hiring an inexperienced attorney who moonlights as a bar exam tutor.