Bar exam preparation firm sued

Dec. 4, 2005 at 6:49 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A few U.S. law school graduates are suing the company that helps law school graduates prepare for the bar exam.

Los Angeles lawyer Eliot G. Disner has filed a lawsuit alleging BAR/BRI has operated a monopoly and overcharged thousands of law school graduates by an average $1,000 each, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Court documents allege BAR/BRI has paid competitors to shut down and negotiated agreements with potential competitors.

BAR/BRI offers an eight-week review for the New York bar exam each July that costs some $2,600. In other states, the cost for the review class is lower.

Many of the estimated 35,000 U.S. law students take review courses before taking the bar exam -- which can take 12 hours over two days.

The first day of the exam usually consists of a multistate portion consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. The second day is the state portion, involving essays and multiple-choice questions that focus on the law in that particular state, the Times said.

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