Bar Support Program
The University of Tulsa College of Law believes that our obligation to students extends beyond the Juris Doctorate degree. We recognize that the final hurdle that must be completed before one can become a practicing lawyer is passing a bar examination. Although most law programs give students the substantive knowledge they need to be a lawyer, they do not teach them how to prepare for the bar examination. The bar examination, like other comprehensive and concentrated licensing exams, requires endurance, discipline, and training.
To enhance the traditional program of law study, TU College of Law offers a Bar Support Program to students in their final semester of law school. Enrollment in this program is part of the 3L Professionalism requirement and required for graduation. This program specifically addresses the mechanics of taking a bar examination, as well as provides a substantive review of courses tested on the bar exam. Although this assistance does not replace the bar review program every student should take after graduation in preparation for the bar, the program combines outside commercial bar preparation courses and TU College of Law-directed workshops to give our students a head start.
Fall, Third Year:
TU College of Law arranges for every third year, first semester law student to take a “mini” Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) through BARBRI. Following the mini MBE, BARBRI provides each student with a diagnostic report of their exam results. The report indicates areas of competency, areas needing progress, and areas needing foundational work. The report also distinguishes between competency in substantive knowledge verses skills, and breaks down areas of skill deficiencies. The subjects tested include Crimes, Torts, Property, Evidence, and Contracts.
In addition to each individualized student report, BARBRI provides the Dean with a detailed report of overall student performance – among each other and among all test-takers nationwide. This information is particularly helpful in determining “at risk” students who need special encouragement and support with bar preparation.
This diagnostic exam presents a unique opportunity for students to assess their level of competency after the first year and also provides TU College of Law a unique opportunity to assess how our curriculum is preparing our students for the bar exam. The testing and review is required and free to every second-year student. Third-year students are invited to participate again as well.
Fall and Spring, Third Year and subsequent to Diagnostic MBE:
The University of Tulsa College of Law has engaged BARBRI to provide an six-week early bar prep course that will be delivered in a combination of in-person and live online classroom experiences. The early bar review course will include six sessions covering MBE subjects, including the most heavily tested topics within those subjects. Each subject will have a substantive review session as well as an in-depth review of MBE style multiple choice questions in that subject. Students will be expected to complete a set of BARBRI AMP multiple choice questions in advance of the question-based review session.
Pre- and post-graduation:
In addition to the live lectures provided in each session, BARBRI will provide every third-year student enrolled in the program with a BARBRI AMP account. BARBRI AMP is a new product that emphasizes improvement on the multistate portion of the bar exam. After each session, you will have two weeks to complete the BARBRI AMP assignment for each subject tested. Each BARBRI AMP module will take no more than five hours to complete, depending on your substantive knowledge of the law.
We encourage each student to take a commercial bar prep, specifically Kaplan MBE and BARBRI. Because some students do not have the resources to pay for a commercial bar prep, scholarships are available.
Full-tuition: BARBRI and Kaplan PMBR provide full-tuition, need-based scholarships to TU College of Law students. Each company awards two full-tuition scholarships for the February exam and three for the July exam. These scholarships are awarded by TU College of Law through an application process to those who have no other means to take a bar review. The BARBRI scholarships are only available to students taking the Oklahoma Bar exam; the Kaplan scholarships are available for any state bar exam.
Partial Bar Reimbursements: TU College of Law awards more than $5,000 per year in bar reimbursements to students who need assistance with bar preparation payments. Students are selected based on demonstrated need through an application process. Students must provide proof of enrollment and payment in a bar review course, and then they are reimbursed. The reimbursements are available for any state bar exam.
In addition, all students, regardless of need, who attend all of TU College of Law’s Free Bar Support Programs and take the Kaplan PMBR six-day and three-day combination program, are eligible for a $250 reimbursement from TU College of Law upon proof of attendance. This reimbursement is available to all students for any state bar exam.
Bar Loan: Finally, TU College of Law offers a $1,000 interest-free loan for students who certify that they will not work while preparing for the bar exam. This incentive allows students to have back-up funds for living expenses while studying for the bar. We have found that students who devote the full twelve weeks to bar preparation without working have a substantially better chance for passing the bar.