Private Tutor for the Virginia Bar Exam

private tutor for bar examFor most students the LexBar Online Course combined with a traditional bar review program prepares them for the Virginia Bar Exam and they don’t need private tutoring.  Before considering private tutoring, check out LexBar and consider whether that might be a better (and much cheaper!) option for you.

I accept two or three students per exam period for private tutoring. I usually have between 15 to 30 applicants requesting private tutoring per exam period. Obviously, I cannot accept all applicants. I try to use the application process to figure out which students are in the best position for me personally to assist them, considering my strengths as a tutor and what the student’s needs are. For those students whose needs don’t line up with my strengths, I try to refer them to tutors who might be a better fit for what they need.  Applying for a tutoring spot does not obligate you to anything at all.  Deciding on a tutor should be a two-way street; both the student and the tutor have to decide that they are the right fit to work together.

General Information about Virginia Bar Exam Tutoring with Josh Jenkins:

  1. We will customize every plan. I do not do “one-off” tutoring sessions. Students commit to multiple tutoring sessions (usually 6 to 10, depending on the student’s needs).
  2. I tutor students by Zoom, so it does not matter where you live. All private tutoring students are automatically enrolled in the LexBar online course as well, at no additional charge.
  3. We will meet weekly. Each session is at least one hour, and often they exceed that by an additional thirty minutes to an hour depending on the individual student’s needs and 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.

Be aware that private tutoring with me is expensive. Depending on an individual student’s needs, the total cost could be triple what you would pay for one of the major online bar review courses, and double what some other private tutors would charge.  So shop around and find the right tutor for you, in a price range you can live with.

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

  1. Fill out the application, below.  Completing the application doesn’t obligate you to anything. Apply early! My available spots usually fill up months before the exam.
  2. After getting a batch of applications, I’ll reach out to everyone by email with any other questions I have.
  3. We will then schedule a free 20 to 30-minute telephone consultation to discuss your unique situation and so that I can answer any questions you have and discuss tutoring services in more detail.
  4. If we both agree to move forward from that call, I will email you with a specific recommendation and plan, including exactly what the total cost will be.
  5. If you agree, you will simply confirm from that email, and make your payment (or deposit).

Payment Considerations:

In general, full payment is due about ten days prior to our first tutoring session. You will have the option of paying a smaller non-refundable deposit prior to that, to reserve your spot as a student. That deposit is credited toward your final cost. Credit cards, debit cards, and direct debit from a checking account are all accepted payment methods.

The cost will be a firm price, clearly disclosed in an email prior to you agreeing to anything. The price varies depending on what a student needs, but is not based on the number of sessions. Rather, the pricing is determined by the amount of work that goes into grading assigned work, answering questions, and creating weekly study tasks based on the student’s performance.

In the form below, please provide as much detail as you can.  This information helps me know who I can best help to pass the exam, and who I need to refer to other tutors due to the needs of the student and strengths of other tutors as well.

Application for Private Tutoring
Fill out this form to request a free private tutor consultation.
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Name
Email
Just enter the numbers. No dashes, periods, parens, or other punctuation.
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.
I've Taken the Virginia Bar Exam
Indicate how many times you have already taken the Virginia Bar Exam.
Are You Licensed In Any Other U.S. State?
Will you be taking . . .
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, what the outcome was, and what your scores were if you know them. 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.
Confirm That Your Email is Correct
Please double-check your email address at the top of this form to be sure it is correct. I wait until I have a batch of a few applicants, and then I will review them all and email to schedule a free 'preview phone call' where we can discuss tutoring and whether I'm the right tutor for you. There is no obligation at all by filling out this application or having the phone call.