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BarBri bar exam prep options will soon include streamed, real-time lectures

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Whether the July bar exam will actually take place as traditionally scheduled is unknown, but starting in May, anyone who wants to study for it has the option of watching livestreamed BarBri lectures with moderated questions and answers.

The company made the announcement Tuesday on its website.

Increasingly, people opt to view taped lectures, rather than attend in-person sessions, when studying for the bar exam, and there’s no discernible difference in success rates between either method, says Mike Simms, president of BarBri. But considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the company thought people would appreciate some form of human connection when studying for the bar.

“In a time of uncertainties and difficulties, we’re trying to re-create that familiarity as much as we can,” Sims said. He also had some advice for law students, who at this point don’t know when or how they will take the bar, and also might have some uncertainties about finding a job.

“Every student should remember how adaptable and resilient they were in their first year of law school. The first year of law school was unlike anything they had done previously, and they survived and thrived. They are going to do the same thing here,” Sims said.

As of Thursday, BarBri still plans to offer in-person lectures, if the option is allowed in May.

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