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Took me quite a few tries but I finally…

Took me quite a few tries but I finally passed my UBE with a score high enough to transfer into any state. Being a working single mom, quite a few years out of law school, I had many changes that needed to be made in my life before I was fully able to be prepared. Having a Bar Prep program, for life, that I never had to worry about losing access to and that was flexible enough to change in accordance with my needs through the process. . . was EVERYTHING! Thanks BarMax :)
Jennifer Clark Apr 29

Bar Max worked for me!

After wasting my money and time on “Themis” twice, a friend introduced me to barmax, and that was the best decision ever. I would advise everyone to read their outlines very well if you want to pass. The good news is that the outlines are straight to the point and very easy to comprehend. Barmax cares for their students. They won’t just allow you listen to endless boring pre recorded lectures, they have live hours with real smart humans that break down the knowledge of the law for you. Their tutors are perfect too. Lavanya was my tutor. On the whole, I greatly enjoyed the bar max experience. I thank the team for helping achieve my dream. I passed the GA bar!🎉🥳
N. C Apr 27

Passed the TX Bar

I was struggling with the MPT portion of the UBE. I had one session with Jennifer Carr a little less than 2 weeks before the February 2024 bar exam and it was a game changer. She provided templates for the most common MPTs that could be seen on the bar, and she gave helpful tips on how to maximize the little time I had left before the test. The day before the first session of the exam I reviewed my notes from that tutoring session. I went into the bar exam with a game plan. When the first MPT was memo style I was confident. I typed out my Jennifer Carr template like I practiced and filled the rest of MPT with the facts and law provided. I passed with a great score! I feel my score probably would have been even higher if I also worked wi...
Tonie Oglesby Apr 17

Tutoring with Whitney Shirley

Tutoring with Whitney Shirley changed my life!!! I failed the bar twice prior to studying with Whitney but after our sessions I was able to jump 30+ points from my last exam and score high enough to pass in any jurisdiction. Whitney truly puts together a study plan that is suited towards YOUR learning style. She provides you with not only the skills but also the confidence needed to pass the bar exam!! Highly suggest her to anyone preparing in the future!
Shannon Masington Apr 16

BarMax is adaptable and effective!

BarMax is adaptable and effective! After trying Barbri numerous times I found the flexibility associated with the BarMax approach to be far more effective than other programs tried.
Austin Apr 10

Bar-exam re-taker

I was a Bar-exam re-taker. I used Barmax, completed the course and passed. All the support staff were extremely helpful. The live classes/office hours were not long boring lectures but taught me EXACTLY what I needed to know for each specific subject. I cannot express my gratitude for Barmax and their staff for helping me achieve this milestone. Would fully recommend the full UBE course for any one taking the exam.
Colin Molnar Apr 02

Very Helpful

I have tried Barbri, JD Advising, Thermis and Barmax, and I must say Barmax is the best among all.
Ally Wang Feb 05

UBE total score improved by 35 points!

It was my second time taking the UBE, I passed with a 303! My tutor, Jenn Carr was excellent, she helped me to really develop my essay writing skills getting me to the next level. I gained valuable insight on what needed improvement. I highly recommend working with her.
Melanie Marchetti Nov 28


I PASSED THE BAR!!! BarMax simplified the approach needed to get over the hump. I had taken the California Bar Exam twice before I found BarMax. I was failing the bar my more than 100 points. I took the BarMax course for my third bar attempt and scored a 1377. I was so mad! But I only needed to improve by less than 1%. So I buckled down for the fourth round and added Melissa, my BarMax tutor. Melissa worked with me to improve my issue spotting, IRAC writing, and PT outlining. I took the bar in July 2023 and during the examination, I knew I passed. I was so confident in my issue spotting, essay writing, timing, PT performance, and MBEs, all thanks to the preparation provided by Melissa and the BarMax program. Thank you! Thank you! Thank y...
Timothy C. Langley Esq. Nov 17

Open Book Studying

TestMax suggested that I use the open book studying method because I was a repeat taker. I used the Open Book Method of Study and it worked. In the first month, when I started using the Open Book Method it took me about 15 to 30 minutes to find the answer to each question. In the second month it took me about 10 to 15 minutes to answer each question. In the third and last month it took me 5 to 10 minutes to find the answer to the question. My MBE scores were between 75% to 92%. I have been out of law school for 31 years, so the Open Book Method worked for me. I passed the DC bar and it was the first time I took it. I scored high enough to qualify to be licensed in 20 states.

I passed this time!

I felt like they actually cared about me passing. This was my 3rd time taking the Bar exam and I passed this time.
Heather Yoc-Santos Oct 17

Thank you for being available to repeat…

Thank you for being available to repeat takers until we succeed and beyond! I love that you have official ncbe questions. I do wish here was a function that would allow us to set up practice tests on our own (i.e choose how many questions, what topics, etc)
Angela B Oct 12

After failing the Idaho Bar Exam twice…

After failing the Idaho Bar Exam twice using another barprep course provider, I did some research into what other prep course would be a better alternative. Reading through several reviews, I found BarMax to be in the top 5 in almost every review I read. I had not heard of BarMax during law school but figured at that point trying a different prep course could at least help give me a different perspective on bar study. I found BarMax prep to be more efficient at breaking down tough legal concepts in an understandable fashion. BarMax lecturers were clearly experts in their field of law and in my opinion did a much better job explaining legal concepts. I also found the actual UBE questions from the past much more useful for study than ma...
Dominic Carlos Sep 18

Third times the charm

This was my third attempt on the Colorado bar. I felt so supported throughout the study process.
Regan Urquhart May 08

Finally Passed on my 3rd time!

I finally passed the Texas UBE exam on my 3rd try. I honestly never thought I would pass. I found BarMax through a family member who offered to pay for the program. When I started using the program all I could think was how easy it was and simple to follow. The program was easy to follow and no hours of home work after. It was simply, listen to the lecture and do some questions open book style. I quickly realized I was retaining information and actually learning the black letter law. Additionally, there are tons of videos on how to write an MPT and Essays and how to write an Essay on each topic. The videos with Celeste (an instructor for BarMax) explained everything so well. She taught me how to write an essay and how to tackle the MPT. ...
John Cross Apr 26

There’s a Reason to their Madness

I was excited to start BarMax because it promoted a more cindensed approach to bar prep. Throughout the process there were times that I was skeptical of BarMax’s advice regarding study techniques, and study material. However, I decided to trust their advice even if it did not seem ideal at times. I had failed the California bar twice with BARBRI, and decided to take the UBE with BarMax. I can happily say that I passed the UBE with a 275! BarMax takes an unconventional approach because rather than giving you a large quantity of detailed study materials, it sticks to the most important and common topics. At first I thought that I was missing a significant amount of crucial information, however I later found BarMax’s approach to be incredib...
Armando Apr 24

Passed 13 years after law school! 1st try!

I sat for the bar exam for the 1st time in February 2022, after graduating from law school and working in another field since 2009. Back then, we really only had Barbri and Kaplan to choose from, so I was overwhelmed looking at test prep programs when I started thinking about sitting for the exam. Ultimately, I chose BarMax because they release all materials as soon as you purchase, only use NCBE-released MBE questions, include 10 graded essays, and their schedule/approach is more flexible for non-traditional bar takers. I studied for 5 months while working full-time, with young kids and a military husband that is often away. I also hired a tutor through BarMax to work on writing skills and more difficult MEE topics. I passed the UB...
Andrea Robinson Apr 13

I took the Illinois twice before purchasing BarMax!

I took the Illinois bar twice before I purchased BarMax. BarMax allowed me to prep for the bar my way. The outlines were great and easy to use. Thanks BarMax! I passed on my third try.
Kelly Wambold Apr 08

Retaker, passed with 29 point increase!

I am a recent "retaker" and passed the Feb 22 exam. Not only did I pass with a 282, but I increased my score by 29 points. BarMax's "active learning/open book" approach to the multiple choice was a game changer for me. And I would not have done as well as I did on the MEE's without the various webinars/tutorials they offer. Buy this product. You won't regret it.
Susan Duran Patten Apr 07

Barmax was a life saver!!

The first time I took the bar exam I failed because I used Kaplan and it was not effective in helping me achieve a passing score. I never do well with cookie cutter approaches in study. As soon as I switched to Barmax, the difference was night and day. I felt a lot more prepared and achieved a passing result in Illinois! I am so glad I chose barmax the second time around! I dont think I would have passed if I went with another program! Bar max uses real NCBEX questions and teaches you just enough to pass. The content is fabulous!! Also, the turors were very friendly and supportive!
Robin Ritter Apr 04

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Karina Rahall

Karina Rahall

Charlotte School of Law

BarMax changed my life. I had failed the bar exam twice using Barbri both times because my law school pushed Barbri on all of its students. Barbri cut off my access to their program after I failed twice and, to get it again I would need to pay thousands more. I found BarMax online and after doing some research and seeing so many students raving about the program I decided to give it a try.

My score went up drastically after BarMax and I passed the UBE bar exam! I couldn’t believe it, I had almost given up. Not only is BarMax half the price of other bar programs, but its study schedule is structured WAYYYYY better than Barbri and I felt like I learned twice as much as when I had studied the past two times. Plus, you get to keep access to the materials for life!! Read about BarMax and research it yourself. I will always recommend it to anyone I know who is studying for the bar. I am a BarMax believer!

Shannon Ripple

Shannon Ripple

Humphreys College

I took the Cal Bar four times before I passed. While in law school, I served as a Representative for a widely popular study course. I studied for the Cal Bar using this well-known course without success. I was turned onto BarMax through a friend who used the same program and failed the Cal Bar three times. After using BarMax for the first time, my friend passed, as did I. I couldn't recommend BarMax any higher. It's affordable, convenient, and effective. I wouldn't be a lawyer today without BarMax.

Keila Molina

Keila Molina

Regent University School of Law

I was devastated when I failed to pass the CA bar on my first attempt in July 2012...after all I had spent thousands and used BARBRI (which had practically been presented as a guarantee to bar passage). BARBRI didn't adequately prepare me for the CA bar even though I followed their course to a T and I can safely say that many of their techniques simply don't work.

After searching online, however, I thankfully found out about BarMax. Of course, I followed the app study materials, created my own flashcards, and also customized my study schedule. I studied with BarMax on my iPhone and passed the CA bar exam in February 2013 so their bar prep approach 100% works.

Then I purchased the UBE app to prepare for the AZ bar exam this July 2015, and I just found out last weekend that I passed. Woohoo!

The BarMax bar prep program is awesome. And, since I also had to retake the MPRE for AZ bar requirements, I can add that BarMax MPRE prep is also wonderful as I got a high score even though I only prepared with a short refresher!

Thanks BarMax for creating a bar prep course that is affordable, convenient, and provides the essentials to passing practically any bar exam.

Lindsay Jansen

Boston College

Lindsay Jansen

About a month ago I found out that I passed the New York Bar Exam. WOOOHOOO!

Just a quick note of thanks for the BarMax product.

In the past I’d used BarBri, Emmanuel’s, Kaplan…you name it for Bar and MPRE exam studying. I squeaked out a passing score in Massachusetts on the second try after using BarBri but it wasn’t pretty. A few years later I moved to NY and needed to pass the bar again. I took the February 2012 exam (self study using BarBri notes/books) and failed.

I knew my brain just didn’t work with the traditional study courses and that I had to do something different for July 2012. I found BarMax and it finally worked! I improved my MBE score more than 15 points. The app wasn’t perfect and there were some kinks to work out but I was very happy with the product and would recommend it to students anywhere.

Sky Bailey

Sky Bailey

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

This was my 3rd sitting for a bar exam. I’d taken the CA bar twice with the assistance of Kaplan with disappointing results. For my first sitting for the UBE I decided to shop around, literally, for a bar prep and stumbled on BarMax. The price was right giving the timing and I signed up. The outlines were concise and to the point (unlike Kaplan’s which are long winded and drawn out) and in conjunction with assistance from my professors, I was able to take and pass the UBE on my first attempt.

The UBE is a different beast from the CA bar exam because of the difference in timing for essays but the prep provided by the company was phenomenal. You just have to put in the work. So a huge thank you to BarMax. I will be using them to resit for the CA bar. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars on prep to pass.

Marsha Teasely

Marsha Teasely

Peoples College of Law

My name is Marsha. I am a woman who graduated from am unaccredited law school in 2009 and am now in my mid-fifties.

I am not the type of person who passes the California Bar…ever! Not because I am not smart enough…I am a registered nurse [RN] with a thirty-year career in ICU nursing. I studied hard and graduated top of my class. However, I am older, did not go to an ABA or CA accredited law school, and did not pass the first time, which places me in the repeater category. Statistically speaking, I had an eleven percent chance of passing the bar in California. I spent more money on various bar review courses, including a one-on-one tutor than my entire legal education. I failed the CA Bar five times using five different methods of bar review.

BarMax came into my life when I got the failing bar results after my fifth attempt taking the CA Bar. Trust me, I had a lot of bar review methods to compare to BarMax.

BarMax simplifies and organizes the material in a way to make what you already know about the law accessible when crunch time hits during the exam. The flash cards are easy to memorize and remember while taking the bar exam. The comments on practice essays submitted to the BarMax graders are relevant and I believe made a difference when I did pass the bar. The lectures succinctly cover the material and there are plenty of real MBE questions, along with explanations, to practice on. There is also no need to lose any sleep worrying about how to organize study time…BarMax gives guidance in this area as well.

I believe BarMax made the difference when I passed the CA Bar Exam on my sixth attempt. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to the BarMax team. I knew from the moment I signed up for BarMax that there were people who were there to ensure my success, believed in me as an individual, and taught me in a way that I, personally, could understand.

Thank you BarMax team, from the fullness of my heart.

Joel Leon

Joel Leon

Suffolk University Law School

I would like to start by stating that I have tried other bar prep companies in the past. Unfortunately, they did not assist me in achieving the goal of passing the bar exam. I had heard and seen BarMax’s reviews before I decided to enroll in the program. I needed a flexible, accessible, and, relatively, cheap bar program in order to prepare me for the UBE July 2016 in Washington, D.C.

BarMax prep program fit perfectly in my personal and employment life. I may add that BarMax prep’s program structure is very simple. Last, but not the least, I only paid 500 dollars for the entire program. That’s nothing compared to the thousands you have to pay for other bar prep companies. How did I get that price? I applied to BarMax’s public interest scholarship, a 500 dollars award. I have been working at a federal agency for more than three years. Therefore, I was selected to receive such scholarship, which reduced the cost of the program to 500 dollars.

I really want to thank BarMax for the opportunity to overcome a major challenge in my life and career. I have no words to express all the gratitude that I owe you. Please continue assisting other future bar takers in achieving their goals of passing the bar exam.



University of St. Thomas School of Law

I graduated in May 2016 and started clerking for a district court judge in Saint Paul, MN, in June 2016. The legal job market in the Twin Cities is externally competitive and I could not pass up the opportunity for employment. I took the MN Bar in the summer of 2016 and again in the summer of 2017. I used Kaplan as a study resource, but could not find a good balance between keeping up their study schedule, working, and keeping myself somewhat sane.

The BarMax app enabled me to easily listen to lectures and drill multiple choice questions whenever I had downtime. I enjoyed BarMax and felt it was worth the investment. I sat for the MN Bar again this past February [2018], passed, and will be sworn in this coming May. Thank you BarMax!

John Sweeney

John Sweeney

University of St. Thomas School of Law

It is thanks to BarMax that I passed the NY Bar exam.

I had failed the exam 4 times before, having taken and/ or used Barbri, PMBR, and None of these gave me the kind of practical, user-friendly review I got from BarMax. I also needed a comprehensive review since years had passed for me since my last attempt at the exam, and BarMax provided that as well. I was able to study, review, and do practice questions and essays practically anywhere and anytime that worked for me, on my own schedule, as long as I had my iPad with me.

The practice questions, in particular, and the ability through the app to easily gauge your progress on them was invaluable. really cannot recommend this product enough (in fact I already have to friends taking the July 2012 exam!) Admittedly, I thought the price tag was a bit steep when I purchased BarMax but I took a chance and it has been well worth it!

I paid 4 times that for other courses without the results. BarMax is the Bar review method of the future. I took a chance and succeeded, and if it worked for me it can work for anyone!

Susan Greeson

Susan Greeson

Campbell University School of Law

I failed the NC Bar Exam in July of 2001 by 2 points. As it turned out, I already had a banking job within a Trust Department, so I didn’t need my license. For the last fifteen years, I have worked within banks of all sizes in Trusts, Estates and Wealth Management fields. After much consideration, I decided I wanted to go back and take the Bar Exam to start my own practice. Yes, this was quite a mid-life crisis job change! I researched all Bar Prep courses, and I found BarMax. While they did not have a specific NC course, I was concerned about the Multistate, so I ordered the program. I could not have been happier. The lecture/outline content is what you need to pass the Bar Exam-period, and the practice questions are absolutely right off the test. You can do practice questions on your phone or iPad at any time, and the whole system is user-friendly. Fifteen years after graduating from law school, I passed the Bar Exam and started my own practice. Thank you, Mehran and BarMax!

Anthony Garrido

UC Davis

Anthony Garrido

I first took the California Bar Exam after taking BarBri and failed. I felt I had been overwhelmed with information, the content was not focused, and the lectures were far too broad and lengthy.

After that, I simply used the books from the BarBri course, and a few others, and studied on my own. I felt it would be a waste of time and money to go through the entire BarBri course again, so I didn’t.

After failing again, I knew I needed something different, and BarMax provided it. The program is organized so well and it’s so easy to stay on task because the program is portable and put into an electronic calendar. I used my iPod touch for the program, and took notes on my iPad. I could study almost anywhere where concentration was possible.

Also, there’s a stark contrast in the substantive material as presented by BarMax vs BarBri. BarMax provides tightly focused, specific information and the tools they give you to help you remember the broader points are invaluable. It’s not overwhelming.

When I finally passed the exam using BarMax, During the exam, for every essay question, I wrote down the exact sentences provided in the outline for triggering my memory of the broader points. I really felt prepared for that exam for the first time. Afterward, to everyone that asked, I said, I can’t be absolutely sure that I passed, but I know I nailed those essay questions. It was a very good feeling.

You really can’t go wrong if you stick with the method they give you. It’s uncanny how much better this program is both in efficiency and substance, than any other source I used.

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

WMU Cooley Law School

After several unsuccessful attempts to pass the bar in California using various study aides, including the Kaplan bar prep, I found BarMax to prepare for the February 2017 Arizona bar exam (UBE). And I recently just found out I passed!

The amazing part is that I did this while working full-time! I couldn't have adequately prepared without BarMax. The on-the-go study app for the iPhone/iPad was so convenient. It allows you to study anywhere and at anytime. I would listen to lecture tapes while driving to work and had the ability to squeeze in MBE questions whenever time allotted.

The material is organized by subtopics under each main topic for easy memorization and reference. I also took advantage of personal tutoring with Mehran-he is an amazing tutor and his advice helped tremendously! Tutoring sessions were held right up to the day before the bar and even after the first day of the exam I was still getting advice on how to approach the next day.

I'm very grateful for such an organized straight to the point bar review, offered at a fraction of the cost. And for the graded essays, performance tests and tutoring! I would highly recommend this bar review!

Michael Whitbread

Michael Whitbread

University of Newcastle, Australia

BarMax is quite simply the reason I passed the New York Bar Exam.

I'm a foreign lawyer, so lacked the benefit of having completed an American JD prior to sitting the exams.

I'd tried Barbri and Kaplan, both of which disappointed and led to unfortunate exam results first time around. Unwieldy materials. Unfocused lecturers. Wrong emphases. None of which positioned the exam candidate as best they could do.

BarMax by contrast did exactly as claimed. They literally provide thousands of past exam MBE questions, one after another, with guidance for correct answers and a timer to foster discipline. Many hundreds of past essays to practice against are provided as well.

I got that email at 3am local time saying I passed my exams and the feeling of elation is hard to describe.

I'm recommending my friends all use BarMax when their time comes to sit the exam. I really can't recommend BarMax enough.

Hector Pena Ramirez

Héctor Peña Ramírez

People's College of Law

As a 3rd year law student at the People's College of Law, an unaccredited law school, I can now say I'm one year away from taking the California State Bar Examination and becoming a lawyer.

The road was hard, mainly because there exist very few prep courses which focus on the First Year Law Student Examination.

After 2 years of studying and failing the exam—with no end in sight—I found BarMax. BarMax offers a mobile FYLSE prep course which can be accessed via iOS devices. It helped save me time and made it convenient to study on the go.

I can say without pretense that but for my commitment to succeed, the PCL Student Led Mocks and the use of BarMax as a supplement I would not have passed the First Year Law Student Examination.

Jamie Horowitz

UC Hastings

Jamie Horowitz

With the help of BarMax, I passed the February 2013 California bar exam on my second attempt! The first time I studied for the California bar exam, I used BarBri. During the BarBri program, I felt very overwhelmed by the number of daily assignments to complete as well as how to use the many different outlines provided for each subject. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to best use the BarBri material. I also felt the BarBri MBE questions were different than the types of questions and material that I saw during the actual exam. Despite studying for long hours every day with BarBri, I was not making the progress I needed to succeed on exam day.

BarMax provided me with a more positive study experience than BarBri, because the BarMax program was very streamlined and manageable. I was able to accomplish all of the BarMax daily assignments each day and still had additional time to review material. BarMax provides one very comprehensive outline per subject. This was very helpful because I did not need to spend time comparing multiple outlines and different presentations of the material. As BarMax provides previously released MBE questions, I felt comfortable and prepared with the types of questions and material that were most likely to appear on the exam. Also, the feedback provided by the BarMax graders on my essay submissions was insightful; I could tell the graders spent time to read, analyze and comment on my essays. With the BarMax program, the time I spent studying was efficient, effective and I was making progress each day and week.

Finally, it was very helpful to have all of the material, including outlines, flashcards, lectures, and MBE questions, on my iPhone. With BarMax, I did not need to carry around multiple heavy books. I could easily practice a few MBE questions, listen to a particular section of a lecture, or review a part of an outline, while on the go!

After studying with BarMax, I felt very prepared on exam day. I would highly recommend BarMax to anyone studying for the California Bar exam, especially to anyone retaking the exam, who is unsure about how to re-approach studying.

Thank you BarMax for helping me pass the California bar exam!

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