Wow, so I’ve encountered quite the polarization in opinions of PMBR. It seems like half the people I’ve talked to about PMBR recommended it, and the other half has trashed PMBR, telling me not to waste my time and money. I was planning to take the 3-day PMBR workshop in my city so I could improve my MBE, but now I’m not sure what to do. The workshop is one week before the bar exam, so I don’t want to waste 3 days of studying time if PMBR proves to be worthless. A friend thinks I should take it but the tutor she referred me to, just e-mailed me back and said to avoid PMBR at all costs!
BarBri is out of the question since I’m not in Colorado, and I have the 2005 version of the MicroMash software. I don’t want to go into bar prep material overload. I have BarBri, PMBR, Study Group, and MicroMash books. I’m probably going to sell half the books on eBay since I won’t be using them this time around. I’d rather stick to the BarBri Conviser materials than rely on 5 different versions of Torts outlines. I’ll also keep the BarBri Simulated MBE book as well as the PMBR MBE book.
I have to say that I really like MBE software. My first time around I didn’t have the MicroMash CD and I hated slogging through hundreds of pages of MBE questions. The second time around, I used the MicroMash software and it was much easier and more efficient, even if my quantity-over-quality strategy backfired.
I tried to find BarBri’s Study Smart software on eBay but it’s not listed. I just looked on BarBri’s website to see if I could purchase only the software from them, and I noticed that they are now offering 3-day MBE workshops similar to the style used by PMBR. The cost is $295, a hundred dollars cheaper than PMBR’s $395 fee. This could be worth looking into.
I called BarBri to ask about workshop dates since they aren’t posted online, and also to see if the Study Smart software was included in the purchase of the 3-day MBE workshop. No such luck. I asked if I could buy the Study Smart software individually without buying anything else. Big fat NO. Apparently if you want the software, you would have to purchase the entire bar review course. Even if you purchased the books only, the software still wouldn’t be included. I’d rather not pay 2 grand for software that probably has the same questions as my MicroMash CD. I’ll have to see if I can buy it off someone.
Getting back to my original point, I’m so confused by the stark difference in opinions of whether I should take a 3-day MBE workshop that I’m not sure what to do. It’s kind of nice that the BarBri workshop is $100 cheaper than PMBR so I wouldn’t feel as ripped off, but it’s still a big commitment of precious time of which I don’t have much to spare.
Should I take a MBE workshop or just slough through MicroMash and the BarBri/PMBR books? I’d be interested in hearing what people have to say. I should point out that at this point, I have never enrolled in a bar prep course, not even the first time around. I bought the materials instead.