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“Thank you for creating these essay materials. Not only did it help me with the essays themselves, but I found it a much more effective way to learn the law than just practicing endless question after question. Particularly because you discussed the Common Law rule first, followed by the New York rule – it really helped separate out the concepts in my mind. Knowing the frequency also helped a lot because it helped to focus on the main concepts.”V.P.
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HIGH issues, and familiarized myself well with the LOW issues, and during the exam, I was able to regurgitate almost word for word what I had memorized. For the MBE, I relied heavily on Emmanuel’s Strategies and Tactics for the MBE and scored a 144.5 this time. I am convinced and certain that I could not have passed without your amazing material and I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your product. It truly was the most efficient and effective way to prepare for the essay portion of the exam. Thank you, thank you & thank you again!!”
“I thought the outline was very helpful, I’m an admitted attorney in 2 other states and it helped me remember everything I’ve forgotten in the last 12 years and learn (hopefully!) everything I needed for California. I think the flashcards helped even more than the outline. Thanks!”Jennifer V.
“Your product helped me to pass the CA bar on my first try. The rule statements are accurate, short, and easy to memorize. The book is organized by general topic and subtopic, which allowed me to get a good big picture idea of a subject as well as specialized knowledge on the more difficult areas of law. This product was immensely informative for both the essay and the multiple choice. I highly recommend it.”Anonymous
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“Thanks to the smart bar prep essay outline, I finally passed the NYS bar exam [UBE] held in Feb. 2017 at my fifth try. The bar exam was a very tough challenge for me because I’m a foreign student and I have been working full time. But my essay score unbelievably increased after I switched to Smart Bar Prep. I greatly appreciate your course and without it I would never have passed the exam.”Takuya I.
“I have passed the CA exam taken in Feb. 2017 and your outlines have really helped me.
“Although I struggled with the MEE portion, I finished and I believe it is because SmartBarPrep took the guesswork out of “how to start an essay” and “how to state a rule law”. About 3 weeks before the Bar, I spent time reviewing the outlines. Additionally, I memorized the areas of law that had the highest probability of being tested. I followed the outline to the “T” for Secured Trans and Civ Pro and felt I did best on those. I felt more prepared for the July 2017 bar than I felt in the past. I believe that the bar is passable; with Adaptibar and SmartBarPrep, and a commitment to studying.”Sylvia W.
“I bought Smart Bar Prep just a couple weeks before the exam after panicking and scouring the internet for anything that would take the plethora of details I learned at school and form them into a comprehensible big picture. The traditional bar prep course I had purchased focused on the trees to the exclusion of the forest, which was not helpful for writing essays. Smart Bar Prep was a fraction of the cast and 1000 times more helpful. I wish I had known about it when I started studying! The outlines are succinct and organized in a way that mirrored the structure of the essays on the exam. There are a lot of stressors around the bar exam, but paying $2000 for a prep course shouldn’t be one of them.”Hannah S.
“I failed the bar the first time I took it. I repeated with [a major bar prep company], and found myself frustrated with the lack of organization. I needed to finish memorizing rules and found myself feeling scattered in either a sea of information or not enough information from their various outlines. About a week before the exam, I took the plunge with Smart Bar Prep. This was Gold — just right. The rules had everything I needed, and nothing extra. But they were not incomplete! I studied these materials religiously for the final week leading up to the February exam. I passed the exam. I truly believe Smart Bar Prep helped me pass. Thanks.”Kevin O.
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“Your outline was so helpful. I felt like once I memorized the rules, which were carefully constructed and right to the point, the essays became suddenly do-able. I will definitely spread the word. I do hope more people catch on to your product, as I think it really is the key to tackling the essays.
Update: I passed! It was 100% because of Smart Bar Prep as I only focused on memorizing your outline this time around. Thanks so much!!!!”Martin M.
“I thought that your outline was sooooo helpful and efficient. (And, incidentally, I passed the bar.) I had actually already passed California, was fresh off of an international trip, and my motivation to study for the NY bar was extremely low. I focused on the MBE’s for a few days, and had ONE day (the Monday right before the test) to prep for the essays. But your outline was enough! I could easily anticipate what to know for the test, based on your frequency analysis, and felt extremely well prepared. And it only took like 10 hours. Brilliant. Great idea, great program!”R.C.
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“Just wanted to thank you for helping me pass the bar last year. I passed on the first try! I didn’t study a ton of the new york rules, but studied your packet religiously the last few days before the exam and even broke it out during the lunch break from the exam. I found by being half way through the essays on my break I was able to really narrow down the topics that were left to be tested and focus in on the remainder topics. When I came back from the break I was able to quote the law word for word from the packet. Because of you I passed easily. Thanks!”B.F.
“The smart bar prep was the best thing I have found for the essay portion of the NY bar. Every rule that was on the outline was on the July exam, and had it not been for the smartbarprep outline I would have bombed it. Instead I answered 90% comfortable and truly believe I passed on my first attempt. Thanks a ton!!!!”Edgar R.
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“I went to a top 10 law school and I recently found out that I passed the NY Bar Exam (First try). It was definitely due to your essay prep outline!! Thank you so much! BarBri didn’t emphasize the essay portions enough. Honestly, my MBE score wasn’t great so I KNOW your essay prep saved me. Keep up the great work. Thank you!”Anonymous
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“I received my NY bar results & I’m excited to inform you that I passed. Smart Bar Prep absolutely gave me the edge I needed to cross the threshold. I took the July 2014 bar & relied solely on the Barbri program. I missed passing the bar by 14 points- all of which were accounted for by below average essay answers. Barbri did not prepare me for the essay portion of the exam & that’s why I started looking for a program that recognized the importance of the essays. Smart Bar is exactly that- SMART. Barbri overloads you with voluminous books filled with an overwhelming amount of study materials & I’ve realized that more than 50% of the material they provide you with is likely not even tested. This time around I used my Barbri books to cover the comprehensive material, then when it came time to memorize & focus on what is most likely to be tested, I wasn’t overwhelmed because the Smart Bar outlines were concise & kept me focusing on what is most important to memorize. I highly recommend Smart Bar to anyone who is taking the NY bar exam. Thanks for all your help!”Lindsay B.
“I took the exam in February and passed (it was my third attempt, first attempt with a study guide). I found the outline very easy to use and the material extremely pertinent to the test. I also had a friend’s barbri outline for New York, as well as a barbri outline for the MBE. I used your outline much more frequently than the barbri outline for New York (your outline was uniform, barbri’s required me to cater to the professor’s specific style for each subject), and as I mentioned this was my third try, and I passed. Thank you for making this available, I would recommend it to anyone taking the exam. ”S.L.
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“I passed the bar. I am a foreign educated examinee. Your outline was a great help for me because it was concise, easy to understand, and teamed with frequently tested rules. Thanks.”Anonymous
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“I want to thank you for creating the most comprehensive easy to understand, straight to the point New York bar essay outline. I am a repeater and passed the February 2015 exam. Your essay outline is remarkable. I do not think I could have passed without your outline. It was my main material of study for the New York essay portion of the bar exam. Thank you thank you thank you!!!”Jackie S.
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