Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What's One Man's Opinion Worth?

The answer to that query depends on the man. In this case the man is Steve Liosi. Steve runs a bar exam prep service called Bar Perfect.

What's his opinion, you ask? Well, as all good California Bar Exam tutors are inclined to do, Steve has put together sample/model/demonstration answers to the July 2009 questions. You can read them here.

Steve's answers are at the link above but you'll have to get the questions from the California State Bar site.


Anonymous said...

You must be kidding. My brother used him and describes him as lazy, incompetent, arrogant, and hostile. Didn't you use him and then fail? Please don't give this guy business unless you really believe in him, and if you do, back it up.

The Grand Poobah said...

Well ... opinions are like ... opinions. Everybody has one.


I've only not recommended one of the tutors I've used. By this time, I've come to the realization that I'm at least half of my problem.

And I've consistently maintained that some tutors are good for some people and not good for others. Steve's program is as good as any I'm familiar with.

I've heard both good things and bad things about BarPerfect. The same as I've heard about every other bar prep program out there. I've developed a personal philosophy, or understanding, or whatever, about all these programs. I'll share it when I'm not hip deep in it.

So, check his stuff out. If it looks good to you, call him up and see what he's about. If not, don't. I'll post other tutors' sample answers as I come across 'em.

Only fair, it is.

The Grand Poobah said...

However, that being said, I'll add that, personally, I liked Steve.

(I tried to add more commas in that sentence but I just couldn't!) (;-)>

Anonymous said...

You want to spend $3,500 plus for a Bar tutor after already being in the whole during this whole process??? Come on!

Here's a tip:
HELEN BATHER (909) 597-2445 - Work

I work with her. She's graded for the Bar Exam many times. (She's got some interesting stories the Bar doesn't want you to hear about who gets picked for re-reads). Don't know what she's charging, but I'm sure it's a hell of a lot cheaper than the ridiculously high prices listed on "Steve's" site.

I took Barbri the first time. I had a tutor on my 3rd time. It wasn't until I had Helen tutor me after my 5th time that I passed (on my 6th try). Not going to put my name here, but if you call her, tell her her very grateful Republican co-worker referred you to her.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that people who pass the bar exam are so sure it was the "last tutor in time" that caused them to finally pass.

Personally it sounds like a cumulative effort and what one learned in Barbri at least must have helped you earn a few points on the bar exam, if not enough to pass.

It's not "all or nothing." Get real as to cause-and-effect.

Anonymous said...

Steve Liosi is awesome! I passed with him! All tutors have detractors. I mean, come on, when you're dealing with people who inherently can't pass the exam, of course, they're going to blame the tutor. Steve Liosi is very, very cool. But he doesn't tutor anymore. He used to maintain a blog, but he doesn't even do that anymore, I think. I liked him alot.