What is LexBar?
LexBar is a self-paced online course that helps students prepare for the Virginia-specific section of the Virginia Bar Exam. The Course is designed to prepare students for the unique Virginia Essay Test, which is administered on day 1 of the bar exam. LexBar does not prepare students for the MBE; the focus is entirely on the essays. The Essays are worth 60% of your cumulative score on the VBE. LexBar is an online course, which is not the same as private tutoring, but our founder Joshua Jenkins does provide one-to-one tutoring for a few students for each exam period.
Does your course replace more traditional bar review programs?
No. LexBar is designed to compliment your primary bar review program. Our course does not cover the MBE, except to the extent that some things tested on the Virginia-specific exam are also tested on the MBE. Our course does cover those “shared” topic areas, but is not designed to prepare you for the MBE.
Most of our students take a full course from BARBRI, Kaplan, or Themis and use LexBar as an add-on to boost their Virginia-specific knowledge. This makes sense because in Virginia the essay exam is worth 60% of your final score. Our course can put you ahead of your peers in Virginia-specific knowledge. If you’re having trouble deciding which bar prep course to take, use our online quiz to help decide which bar review course is best for you.
LexBar does not include full outlines of Virginia Law. It also does not include general video lectures that cover Virginia law broadly. The course is intended to reinforce your knowledge of the most important essay topics and teach you to connect the language examiners use in their questions to the rule required to answer the question. But you still need a good source of black-letter law for your study and memorization.
How long does it take to complete LexBar, and when should I start?
You should have a minimum of 14 days to complete our course. The course is entirely self-paced, but we recommend that you do no more than 1 lesson per day for the best retention of the material. You will have access to the course from the day you enroll until the day after your bar exam ends, regardless of how quickly or slowly you complete the lessons. Many students complete the course at a pace of 1 lesson per day in the two-weeks just before their bar exam, and that is the strategy we recommend for best results.
How does essay grading work?
As you work through the lessons in LexBar, most lessons will simply have you outline an answer to a practice essay and then self-grade your answer by watching our short video explanations of the correct answer. However, on 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.
Will you grade additional essays?
Most students do not need additional essays graded. Rather, most students need to invest more time memorizing Virginia law rather than writing out full essay answers. For some students we have, with a small additional per-essay charge, graded additional practice essays. However, this is a service that most students do not need in order to be successful on the Virginia Bar Exam. If you think it would benefit you, please contact me and we can discuss the options. Some students who prefer additional guidance beyond what LexBar offers may be good candidates for private tutoring.
How much does LexBar cost?
See the Registration Page.
What is included in the lessons?
- An online Concepts & Rules Quiz covering the lesson’s relevant rules
- A practice essay question for you to outline or answer
- A 6-12 minute video explanation of sample correct answers and essay structure
- A self-evaluation questionnaire that tracks your progress & highlights areas for improvement
Can I see what the lessons look like in your course?
Sure. Watch the video below:
Do you accept private tutoring students?
Yes, I do accept a very limited number of private tutoring students for each bar exam administration. For more information, see Private Tutoring for the Virginia Bar. I encourage students to think about whether the increased accountability and customized strategies of a private tutor would be beneficial for their study. It can be a very good option for some students, but many students benefit from the LexBar online program without private tutoring.
What if I have questions or problems during bar prep with your course?
Just email me. I remain completely available to students taking my course, and am happy to discuss challenges or problems with them by email, telephone, or gchat. I strive to return all emails within 24 hours, and provide substantive answers to questions about the law and the essays.
Any other questions? Feel free to contact me. I like to hear from bar studiers!
Ready? Go to the registration page to reserve your spot in LexBar Online Course.