Frequently Asked Questions

When should I start LexBar?

LexBar is self-paced, and you will have access to it for six months from the date you purchase the course. Ideally, we suggest starting the course about 4 to 6 weeks before your exam. It is possible to complete the course in 2 weeks doing one lesson per day, but we recommend taking a slower approach than that, if possible.

LexBar is designed to supplement a primary bar review course, such as BarBri, Kaplan, or Themis. We suggest doing about 2 LexBar lessons per week during the last six to eight weeks leading up to your exam. Even if you are transferring into Virginia from another state by taking only the Virginia State-Specific Exam, you will likely still need a study resource beyond LexBar. The Virginia exam is difficult (see below).

If I am only taking the Virginia essay exam, will LexBar help?

Yes! But the Virginia Essay Exam is challenging. It is not like the more straightforward state-specific exams that tend to exist in UBE states. The essay exam is comprehensive, covering twenty subject areas and focusing mainly on unique distinctions of Virginia law. LexBar will help you succeed on this challenging exam, but alone it is not enough. To learn how to study for the essay exam, join our live webinar for attorneys transferring to Virginia.

How does essay grading work in LexBar?

As you work through the lessons in LexBar, in most lessons, you will outline an answer to a practice essay and then self-grade your answer by watching our short video explanations of the correct answer. However, in three lessons, there will be a place to upload a Microsoft Word document. On those three practice essays, you will write out a full answer and upload it online. Within 24 hours of uploading, one of our small team of Virginia lawyers will return your essay to you via email with substantive comments and a score.

After failing the bar exam, should I retake only the essay exam or repeat the MBE too?

If you scored 137 or higher on the MBE, you probably should not retake it. This is especially true if your essay section score was also in the 130’s or higher.  Many students can increase their essay scores dramatically, but their MBE score is relatively stable from attempt-to-attempt.

Will you grade additional essays beyond the three included in the course?

Most students do not need additional essays graded. Instead, they need to invest more time memorizing Virginia law rather than writing out full essay answers. For some students, we have, with an additional per-essay charge, graded additional practice essays. However, this is a service that most students do not need to be successful on the Virginia Bar Exam. If you think it would benefit you, please contact me, and we can discuss the options.

Will I pass the Virginia Bar Exam?

LexBar students have an average pass rate of 94% across all the years of our existence, but whether you pass depends largely on your dedication to using interactive learning techniques and spending your time wisely. LexBar is a tool that will help, but your own study and preparation are still critical to your success. We do not have a guarantee related to passing the bar exam because that would be counter-productive. There are no refunds or discounts on LexBar when repeating the course or the bar exam.

Can I talk to you by phone?

I’m sorry, but we’re unable to offer free bar exam consultations by phone because of the high volume of calls. If you’re an attorney transferring to Virginia by taking only the essay exam, our webinar will answer your questions. If you are an enrolled student experiencing a technical problem, email for immediate help. If you have another question that is not answered on this page, contact us here.

What bar prep course should I use for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)?

If you decide to take the UBE instead of the Virginia exam so that you can obtain a “portable score” LexBar does have a program that will help. We offer LexBar MEE for the Multistate Essay Exam, and if you pair that course with an MBE-only course such as Adaptibar, you will have everything you need to pass the UBE. This option is great for self-motivated students who want the flexibility it provides. This approach also saves thousands of dollars over using the more traditional courses from companies like Barbri, Kaplan, or Themis.

Can I preview what the LexBar course looks like?

Sure! The video below previews what the lessons look like. Each lesson includes a short rules quiz, a practice essay, and a video explaining the correct answer to the practice essay. Each essay represents some of the most commonly tested rules from the Virginia exam. The graded essays and the feedback you get on them will help you know how to write your answer in a way that graders expect.

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