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.
1. Do all students receive a seven-week post-graduation bar review course without an additional charge?
No. Currently enrolled Charleston School of Law students have not been charged for this course. They are not eligible to receive the post-graduation BARBRI bar review course as part of their mandatory tuition and fees.
The Class of 2019 will have the opportunity to opt-in for the post-graduation seven-week bar review program for an additional $457.50/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.
2. How does this Partnership impact currently enrolled students who wish to take a post-graduation bar review program?
Rising 2L and 3L students (Classes of 2017 and 2018) will not be impacted by this partnership. These students are able to purchase and participate in a post-graduation bar review program of their choice. BARBRI has agreed to allow all Charleston School of Law students to utilize their best pricing option, $2,495.00.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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, students in the Classes of 2020-2022 who are automatically admitted, and currently enrolled students). Currently enrolled students who have an interest in taking a BARBRI post-gradation bar review program are guaranteed this price and should discuss this with a BARBRI representative.
Future students will participate through opting-in (Class of 2019) or through payment within their mandatory fees. The total student participation cost is as follows:
- $415.83 per semester (6 semesters = $2945.00) – bar review course
- $41.67 per semester (6 semesters = $250.00) – prep books deposit
Opt-in and currently enrolled 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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 $457.50, 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.