The Charleston School of Law has entered into an exclusive agreement with BARBRI to provide an increasingly comprehensive program for bar preparation and bar review. To read the official announcement about the partnership, click here. Below are answers to frequently asked questions and concerns students may have related to this partnership.
Do all students receive a seven-week post-graduation bar review course without an additional charge?
No. The Class of 2019 will have the opportunity to opt-in for the post-graduation seven-week bar review program for an additional $457/semester. See question 5 below for further details on pricing.
The Classes of 2020-2022 will have the cost of the seven-week post-graduation bar review program included in their mandatory fees and can utilize loan funds to pay for the program. See question 5 below for further details on pricing.
Can students from the Classes of 2019-2022 utilize the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program for any state?
Class of 2019 opt-ins and graduates of the Classes of 2020-2022 may participate in one BARBRI bar review program for any state bar exam.
Do eligible graduates have to take the post-graduation bar review program immediately upon graduation?
Class of 2019 opt-ins and graduates of the classes of 2020-2022 are eligible to take one BARBRI bar review program at any time. It is strongly recommended that graduates take the bar exam soon following graduation, but graduates will remain eligible at any time.
What is the cost of a bar review course with BARBRI?
The Charleston School of Law has negotiated a post-graduation bar review program price, which is $2,495 plus a $250 refundable book deposit, for all students (students in the Class of 2019 who may opt-in and students in the Classes of 2020-2022 who are automatically admitted).
Future students will participate through opting-in (Class of 2019) or through payment within their mandatory fees. The total student participation cost is $457 per semester for the combined bar review course and prep books deposit.
Opt-in students will need to sign up/register for BARBRI with the assistance of Student Affairs and a BARBRI representative. Upon taking the bar exam and returning materials to BARBRI, students will be able to receive a refund of their $250 book deposit.
Is a Charleston School of Law graduate eligible to repeat the BARBRI bar review course free of charge if the student did not pass the bar exam on the first attempt?
Students who opt-in from the Class of 2019, and all those in graduating classes thereafter, may be eligible to take the bar exam review course in the same state one additional time free of charge.
Can a Charleston School of Law graduate take a BARBRI bar review course in a second state?
Students who opt-in from the Class of 2019, and all those in graduating classes thereafter, will be eligible to take the bar exam review course once in any state. Graduates who elect to take a second bar exam from another state, or select a different state to take the bar exam after failing the first exam, are responsible for all costs associated with the bar review course, but at a reduced alumni rate for the course.
Can a student who opts-in, or is automatically enrolled, start a bar review course early?
Yes. Students may begin their post-graduation bar review early. The BARBRI account manager can assist individual students who are interested in jump-starting their bar review.
Can a Charleston School of Law student in the Class of 2020-2022 opt out of the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program?
No. All Charleston School of Law students in the Class of 2020 and thereafter will be automatically enrolled in the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program.
If a student transfers to another school, will any of the cost for the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program transfer with that student?
Yes. A majority of the money paid towards the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program is transferable after any of the initial four (4) semesters in law school. Any student who opts in (Class of 2019) or is automatically enrolled (Classes of 2020 and thereafter) and elects to transfer to a different law school is eligible to receive a credit of $913 per year toward the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program total cost.
If a student transfers to the Charleston School of Law, will that student pay the Student Success Fee?
Yes, starting with the fall 2019 semester and going forward, students who transfer to the Charleston School of Law, regardless of the number of credits transferred in, will be charged the Student Success Fee. Any balance remaining when that student graduates from the School of Law will be due to BARBRI.
If a student drops out of law school, will any of the cost for the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program be reimbursed?
Yes. Should a student drop out of law school, that student will, upon providing a written request and proof of non-matriculation to BARBRI, be issued a refund equal to $440 per semester.
If a student elects to use another post-graduation bar review program or not take the bar exam, is any of the cost for the BARBRI post-graduation bar review program refunded?
Upon graduation, if a student elects to forgo taking the bar exam or selects an alternative post-graduation bar review program, they may inform BARBRI and receive a $1,250 cash refund.
If a student accelerates their law school schedule and graduates early, will there be an additional charge for the unpaid portion of that student’s post-graduation BARBRI bar review program?
Yes. If a student graduates early, that student will be required to pay the final (6th) installment of $457, payable to the Charleston School of Law. The school will process this and deliver funds to BARBRI to complete the payments required for the post-graduation BARBRI bar review program.
What is covered by the Student Success Fee?
The Student Success fee is assessed to provide additional academic resources for students during their time at the Charleston School of Law. The items and experiences covered under the Student Success fee include, but are not limited to:
- During Orientation the Lawyering Fundamentals course review/grading is supplemented by an outside consultant (BARBRI) –providing materials and grading to best prepare everyone for their next few years in law school.
- During 1L and 2L years students have access to a large amount of online resources – practice questions, slides, lectures – for most required courses. These materials assist with preparation and comprehension of material.
- 1L students receive a 1L course review book midway through their first semester to assist with preparing outlines and subject comprehension.
- 2L students receive a 2L/3L course review book midway through the fall of their second year to assist with preparing outlines and subject comprehension.
- During 3L year the Charleston School of Law offers a Bar Prep class. This class utilizes BARBRI materials in order to help prepare third-year students for the bar exam. The curriculum, developed and delivered by the faculty of the Charleston School of Law, uses BARBRI materials similar to what is used in the commercial Bar Prep Course. This allows the delivery to be consistent for graduates who will be taking a Bar Prep Course (through BARBRI).
- After graduation, students who have been paying the Student Success fee since their first semester 1L year will be able to enroll in the Bar Prep Course through BARBRI at no additional charge. For more specifics please review the FAQS above and/or review information directly from BARBRI.