Private Tutor for the Virginia Bar Exam

private tutor for bar examFor most students the self-study LexBar Online Course combined with a traditional bar review program prepares them for the Virginia Bar Exam. But some students benefit from the personal accountability and support that a private tutor provides. I provide private tutoring for a few students each exam period.

There are plenty of good bar exam tutors available, and hiring one should be a two-way street.  Before we agree to any tutoring, each of us must decide that it is a ‘good fit’.  In other words, you need a chance to decide if I’m the right tutor for you, and I need a chance to decide if I’m the best tutor to help with your particular situation and the struggles you’ve had with the bar exam.

General Information for Bar Exam Tutoring

  1. We will customize every plan. I do not do “one-off” tutoring sessions. Students commit to multiple tutoring sessions (usually 5 to 15, depending on the student’s needs). Prior to starting tutoring, we will agree on an exact price and exact number of sessions. Students must pay in full prior to our first session. Credit cards are accepted.
  2. I tutor most students by Skype, so it does not matter where you live. If you live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, we can also discuss in-person tutoring if you prefer.
  3. Most students should also enroll in Themis, Kaplan, BarBri, or another course for the Virginia Bar. All students are automatically enrolled in the LexBar Online Course at no additional charge.
  4. We will meet weekly. Each session is at least one hour. Sometimes we’ll go up to two hours, depending on needs and recent performance.

Study and Private Tutor Philosophy

In general, I coach students to use interactive study strategies.  I discuss and grade practice essays, analyze MBE practice, and assign customized weekly work. This helps students identify which legal topics and rules they need to memorize. Our weekly meetings are essentially coaching sessions. I’ll review all the work from the previous week, and make strategic decisions about how to spend your study time.

Typically, I will serve as a private tutor for 1 to 3 people, per exam. I usually receive roughly 20-40 inquiries from students wanting a private tutor. I have to turn down many potential students, but I try to refer them to someone who might be able to help.

You can learn more about me here.

If you’re considering hiring a private tutor for the Virginia Bar Exam, here is how the process works:

  1. Fill out our online Tutor Consultation Form, below.
  2. After reviewing your responses, if I might be able to help, I’ll reach out to you by email.
  3. We will schedule a free 20 to 30 minute telephone or Skype consultation to discuss your unique situation and so that I can answer any questions you have.
  4. If we both agree to move forward, I will email you the general guidelines for how we will work together, how many sessions I recommend, and exactly what the cost will be.
  5. If you agree to the plan, you will simply confirm, make your payment, and we’ll schedule our sessions.
Private Tutor Consultation
Fill out this form to request a free private tutoring consultation.
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Enter only the year, as a 4 digit number (i.e. 2012). This field only accepts numbers.
Enter month and year of the exam you will be taking. For example, July 2019.
Indicate how many times you have already taken the Virginia Bar Exam.
Considering the most recent time you took the Virginia Bar Exam, enter the score you earned on the Virginia-Specific section of the exam. This is not your overall score, but your score from only the Virginia section of the exam. If this question doesn't apply to you because you haven't taken the Virginia exam or because you don't know your most recent score, just leave it blank.
Considering the most recent time you took the Virginia Bar Exam, enter the score you earned on the MBE section of the exam. This is not your overall score, but your score from only the MBE section of the exam. If this question doesn't apply to you because you haven't taken the Virginia exam or because you don't know your most recent score, just leave it blank. If you only took the MBE in another jurisdiction, please don't enter that score here.
Considering the most recent time you took the Virginia Bar Exam, enter the overall (cumulative) score you earned on the exam. If this question doesn't apply to you because you haven't taken the Virginia exam or because you don't know your most recent score, just leave it blank.
In this area, let me know about any particular or unique struggles you had in preparing for or taking any prior bar exams. If you've previously taken bar exams in other states, describe that here and what the outcome was. If you've never taken a bar exam, just leave this blank.
Tell me a bit about your law school experience. Include what school you graduated from, your best and worst classes, and how you did generally with test-taking while in law school.
If you've ever hired a private tutor for the Virginia Bar Exam before, describe that experience. Did you think it was helpful? Why or why not? If it was not helpful, what do you think could have been different about it that would have been more helpful to you? If this doesn't apply to you, just leave it blank.
After I review your information, I will contact you by email and, if it appears I might be able to help, we will agree on a day and time that we can have a telephone or Skype conference to discuss the possibilities. Please double-check your email address at the top of this form to be sure it is correct.