One of the great things about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (“MPRE” also known as the “ethics bar”) is that you can use the study period to test out different bar review options. Some providers offer free programs so you can try them out and hopefully return for bar prep help at a later date.
One of these programs is BarMax. BarMax is an online bar review provider that can be purchased through the iTunes store. BarMax offers a free download of their MPRE coursework so you can see if BarMax’s programs work for you.
I downloaded the iPad version, although there is an iPhone version as well. When I opened it up, it first asked me when I was planning on starting to study. Then it gave me a suggested five-day study calendar to help me plan my study time. This can help you organize your study time as many people study for the MPRE for about a week.
Next you can check out the lectures section of the app. This is where you access substantive lectures on the law that is tested on the MPRE. The introduction talks initially about BarMax and their full bar review products, but they quickly switch over to talking generally about the MPRE.
There are 12 lectures broken up by topic area. I thought the audio was easy to listen to and understand. There is an outline summarizing the material being covered in the lecture on the device so you can follow along while you listen. The audio lectures vary in time, some are as short as 3.5 minutes and some are up to around 30 minutes. All in total the lectures are under 3 hours in length and could easily be listened to over a couple of days.
BarMax Will Provide You Outlines
BarMax also realizes that you may not want all of your prep to be linked to your device. So you are able to email BarMax for PDF versions of outlines/study materials so you can print them off at home and spend some time studying away from the iPad/iPhone.
BarMax Provides Multiple Choice Practice
There are 159 real multiple-choice MPRE practice questions included on the free app. The one downside when practicing these questions is that there is no explanation included as to why you were right or wrong. If you get a question wrong, it just tells you the correct answer choice, but it doesn’t give you an explanation of the law. Many students need more of an explanation of multiple-choice questions as a method of studying, so that is something to keep in mind when selecting an MPRE study provider. If you are one of those students, check out the supplemental question banks (available for purchase for $24.99 each). These supplemental question banks are the MPRE Online Practice Exams that retail for $40 each on the NCBE online store.
There are 60+ electronic flash cards you can study with which are based on the lecture outlines mentioned above. The tool allows you to note whether or not you got a flashcard right or wrong so you can spend your time reviewing your weak areas of knowledge (thus having more productive study time).
Using the Tool
The tool has a navigation bar at the bottom of the app with links to practice essays and performance tests, although these are not part of the MPRE. I am sure this is the same platform BarMax uses for its bar review course, which is why these tabs are there. When you click on them, there is just general information on these bar exam sections — just make sure you understand that the MPRE is just a multiple-choice exam (without a writing component).
All in all I think BarMax is definitely a good option for free MPRE prep. And it allows you to try out BarMax’s products now to decide if you want to purchase the bar review program in the future. There is no reason not to check it out and see if this program can help you prepare since it is free! Have you used the BarMax MPRE program before? Leave your feedback in the comments.
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