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Want to Study for the Bar from Home? There’s an App for That

An expanded iPhone app from BARBRI allows bar review students who have upgraded to a mobile course to view all of the bar study lectures and access other study materials on their iPhone or iPod Touch.

The app is free, but students have to log in with the BARBRI user name and password to access the lectures, according to Heidi Larson, director of operations for BARBRI. Previously, home study students could only view lectures on their iPods, and they didn’t have access to additional materials now available to BARBRI students on the new app, including sample multistate bar exam questions, outlines and charts. A press release announces the expanded application, available from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or online from the iTunes store.

Another section of the app called the BARBRI Challenge, available free to anyone, has a series of sample bar exam questions that must be answered in 15 minutes or less. Users can compete with others in multiplayer games, or can play alone and see how well they performed compared to others. Larson said real property questions tend to stump the most students taking the exam, and the results will likely be considered by BARBRI teachers.

A different company, Law in a Flash, also has iPhone app study aids that are in the form of sample questions. A May post on the blog iPhone J.D. discussed some Law Flash apps and indicated they typically cost $39.99. How does Law in a Flash compare to BARBRI’s sample questions? Larson said she assumes it covers similar topics. “I think ours are much more robust,” she said.

Don’t have an iPod or an iTouch? BARBRI is making the purchase easier, with a BARBRI credit for students who purchase one of the devices by Nov. 20. The forms are available online or on the BARBRI website. The credit is $200 for first-year law students, $150 for 2Ls, and $100 for 3Ls. Larson said many students enroll in BARBRI even before they begin studying for the bar exam so they can access BARBRI study aids that help them prepare for final exams.

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