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Friday, May 13, 2005

Long Overdue?

In light of our recent conversations about the MBE as a work of serious jurisprudence, it seemed serendipitous that I ran across a post by Shubha Ghosh, over at AntitrustProf Blog, who links to a complaint filed recently against BarBri and West for anticompetitive behavior.  I have no sustained thoughts on the merits, but it can't be pure coincidence, can it, that BarBri is the only player in town??  There must be some 3L's and recent grads who might have some reactions too.

Posted by Administrators on May 13, 2005 at 01:51 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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As a relatively recent consumer (2003) of the California BarBri course, I'll offer the thinking behind my own choice. As far preparing for the MBE was concerned, the choice of bar review course seemed pretty much a wash. There's a Family Feud quality, however, to the essay grading. In contrast to the training of most high status colleges and law schools, the way to success on Bar essays is not to stand out. What BarBri essentially does is to hammer the same counterintuitive legal substance and essay form into all its students, who currently form, as the complaint notes, a majority of test takers. I think that's the main reason it's a self-perpetuating near monopoly.

Posted by: Anna | May 13, 2005 8:00:25 PM

ooooh, I see... all is explained in the complaint...

Posted by: Paul Gowder | May 13, 2005 4:38:28 PM

Wasn't there a Kaplan bar review course for like a year or two? I vaguely remember hearing about one in our 1L year, and that it went bust shortly thereafter.

I think this is just a matter of the cost of entry being naturally high -- producing all those materials? Yikes. It's gotta cost millions.

Posted by: Paul Gowder | May 13, 2005 4:31:34 PM

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