Bar Exam Cram Sessions

Our next Bar Exam Cram Session for the February 2023 Bar Exam is on Saturday, December 3, 2023. 

All sessions are taught by Lisa Duncanson, the Bar Exam Guru, Founder/Program Director of Bar None Review.

The Bar Exam Cram Session always sells out. We may only provide one Bar Exam Cram Session for the February 2023 Bar Exam.  Registration for this course will open on Friday, October 21, 2022. Students who sign up will receive the 2023 updated Bar Exam Cram Sheets early!

Do not miss out on this opportunity to ensure your success on the February Bar Exam!

Here is what a few of our students have to say about the Bar Exam Cram Sessions and the detailed predictions we provide:

“Dear Lisa, Having heard really good things from my friends about your Cram class, I decided to take it even though I was already taking Barbri. I am so glad I took your Cram Session because up until attending your Cram Session I was completely lost and felt I had no direction. You taught me how to to cut through the unnecessary language and it allowed me the confidence I needed for the exam. As you know, I was on my second bar attempt Having failed July 2022. It was devastating to fail the first time after putting everything into it. Going back to the same course that did not help me pass, seemed like a bad idea. But, I really could not afford to purchase another bar course. But, then comes in Lisa to the rescue! Your “inside information” about so many issues that the bar wants us to include in the essays was a game changer. And your method for the MBEs was really helpful too. Thank you so much!” Alan P. Esq. (February 2022 bar taker)

“My brother-in-law recommended your course to me and I am so glad I took his advice. The review was top notch. I’ve never seen material provided this way. Your cram sheets are great, but even better is the way you teach it, it becomes so memorable. And the predictions? Unbelievable. Two of the essays you gave us were on the exam. You can only imagine how it felt to have already studied those essays and see them on the exam. Thank you, thank you!”     – October Bar Examinee

I do not know how you did it, but your predictions were amazing. Each essay was from your list! You are definitely the Guru of the bar exam! And you must have a crystal ball because today was crazy, thank you so much!!!” – February 2021 bar examinee after day one of the bar exam. Update: she passed.

“25 years from taking the New York bar exam, I found your cram session and decided to go for it. To say the least, I loved your class, the format and insights you cover are stellar. I really needed something like this to get past the exam. Lisa, you are the best!” – Attorney taker – July 2019

A Little More About the Bar Exam Cram Session – What is it?

It more than just a condensed review of the bar exam tested topics. When we go through each topic, I include a focus on areas that have not been tested in a long time and explain how these areas could come up and what issue combinations are most common. I also explain that when these issues are tested, what it is usually tested in conjunction with and how to write the most commonly tested topics. But, wait, there is more (and this is one of the reasons why examinees fail the California bar exam) did you know that on virtually every Defamation essay the bar examiners expect you to also bring up (even if you can not prove all of the elements) the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress? Well, they do. Did you know that on virtually every Defamation essay the California bar examiners will test either the privacy torts or the economic torts? It is sneaky because the facts do not obviously bring up these issues and yet, it is expected and necessary to pass a Defamation essay.

Every single subject on the California Bar Exam requires knowledge of these unexpected issues. Examinees do not even realize they are missing these issues.

These are things you need to know in order to sail through essays. Knowing ahead of time how the examiners test topics will save time and misery. The Bar Exam Cram Sessions are included in our Score Maximizer Program. But, anyone can sign up for the Bar Exam Cram Session whether you are taking Bar None Review’s full program or if you simply want to supplement your studies with the Bar Exam Cram Session. It truly gives you an advantage to have the insights and attack plans.

Click on the links below for sample excerpts of the Bar Exam Cram Sheets:


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Below is a sample video of short excerpts of one of our past Bar Exam Cram Sessions. My hope is that this will give you a sense of what the course is like and how it is received by our students. We cover a lot of ground and our students leave with a new confidence.

This is possibly what I love the most about teaching these sessions – being able to pass on information that is critical to passing but, that simply doesn’t seem to be available anywhere else. I am really proud and grateful to be able to provide this kind of review. Commercial outlines contain this information, somewhere, but the problem is that commercial outlines can not direct your emphasis or provide a focus for you. I believe that one of the best ways to prepare for the bar exam is to have both a real command of the substantive law (that is a given) but what is equally, if not more important is to have the correct context. How will issues combine, what is perhaps overly due because it has not been tested in several years, how do you write the essay, what are the examiners expecting in terms of coverage of particular issues? These are just a few of the areas that we address.

For more information, visit: Click here for testimonials.

Note: we also provide private tutoring options – for a program with private tutoring, exam grading, personalized study plan, mentoring and coaching for the California bar exam, see our Score Maximizer Program.  For more information on class dates for the Score Maximizer Program, contact our office at: 213-529-0990 or via email at: 

We tell you what you need to know, you receive a complete set of The Bar Exam Cram Sheets, a study plan for the final ten days leading up to the bar exam and all of the Bar Exam Guru’s predictions and email updates up through the bar exam.

Why should you choose The Bar Exam Cram Session?

1) It builds confidence. Confidence is a huge part of success on the bar exam. But, it rarely comes from sitting through countless hours of mind-numbing-videotaped bar review lectures. Bar Exam Cram Session attendees learn how to make sense of it all, how to approach each essay with confidence and ease. Our subject drills develop confidence and provide our students with an “at their finger tips” kind of approach to the exam.

2) Live Instruction in real time makes a difference. Our students come to us because they are tired of trying to “make sense” of it all . . . all on their own. When was the last time your videotaped bar review session was engaging or . . . more importantly . . . when was the last time you had someone provide you with a bar exam topic drill? Our Bar Exam Cram Sessions present the tested material in a memorable and clear fashion. Students leave feeling inspired and motivated and encouraged.

 3) You should know what to write BEFORE you get to the bar exam. Not sure what to write? Not sure how to start your essay answer? Our students leave the Bar Exam Cram Sessions knowing how to approach each essay topic (for example Bar Exam Cram Session attendees learn how to write a defamation exam answer, a products liability exam answer, how to approach a murder exam, how to approach cross-over exams etc.)

 4) There is no reason to re-invent the wheel. The bar examiners want it the way they want it. They do not suddenly change what is required for a passing or better than passing essay on easements, for example, or for a products liability essay. The bar examiners truly are testing the same thing over and over and over again. There is no reason for you to have to guess, predict or wonder what will be on the test or how it should be presented.

Passing the bar relies on the same information and skill set every bar round. We know what that skill set is and we pass it on to you. The substantive material rarely changes (and when it does, we are on it – for example – all of our California Bar Exam Cram Sheets include the California distinctions added to the California Bar Exam).

Course Fees: $995.00 – Includes full set of The Bar Exam Cram Sheets, instruction covering both substantive material as well as essay approaches, extra emphasis on predicted areas, a motivating and encouraging environment that continues beyond the class as students continue to receive email support up through the bar exam, our Ten Day Study Plan telling you what to study and how to study for the last ten days leading up to the bar exam, sample essays for likely essay topics (based upon the predictions) are sent via email in the weeks leading up to the exam with instructions on how to review these essays. The program is truly unique, builds confidence and provides true insights into the technique and what is really required to pass the California Bar Exam.

Here is what our students have to say:

Score Maximizer & Bar Exam Cram Session Testimonials (Note: enrollment in the Score Maximizer Program includes all Bar Exam Cram Session dates – allowing students the opportunity to hear the condensed review, approaches, tips and examples provided in the Bar Exam Cram Session more than once):

“Dear Lisa,

Well, you did it!! With your guidance, I finally passed the California bar exam. I owe such a debt of gratitude to you and your invaluable instruction! I am utterly convinced there is no method of bar prep like yours out there — it is not only uniquely effective, it is also based on the soundest of principles and practices. In short, it is nothing short of brilliant.

All my academic life — since high school and through three graduate degrees — I have had enormous trouble with standardized tests. While my grades were very good, and I attended excellent schools (including Yale), I kept underperforming on standardized tests. I went to many people for help, and tried many different things, from a variety of disciplines. But nothing did the trick. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the material, it was that i was a terrible test-taker. But amazingly enough, you did the impossible: with your tutelage, I passed the bar!!

By the time I found Bar None Review, I had looked into, or taken courses from, more than a few bar prep providers. I can say with confidence that your methodology is unique. While so many bar prep courses offer unfounded speculation, flawed materials or recondite methods that don’t work, yours is the only one grounded in research and a 100% rational and pragmatic approach to giving the bar examiners what they want. What you’re doing makes so much sense it hardly seems right to even compare it to other bar prep companies. Plus, the ongoing guidance — up to and even through the actual bar exam — was a lifeline, pure and simple. Since I have taught at major universities including Yale, UCLA and UCSD, I know a bit about what it takes to teach, and you have that special gift. Your curriculum, approach and presentation is as solid as it gets.

No question, the best choice I made in the past year was to sign up for your full program, the Score Maximizer Program. You gave me a fresh approach for all parts of the exam, including the Performance Tests, and it was as though the proverbial lightbulb went off. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone needing to retake the bar, or to attorney takers. You were the perfect teacher for me, and that’s no small thing.

After 20 years as a journalist with the LA Times, as well as many years working in the entertainment industry, I will now be working full-time for a law firm — starting Monday! I will be forever in your debt. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

All the best,
Jan B., MA, MFA, JD


Professor Duncanson —

I wanted to drop you a quick note to express my heartfelt thanks for the great assistance you gave in your two-day California Bar Exam Cram Session for February 2013.  Having not taken a bar exam for two decades plus, and never studied for the California bar, I believe that your session and, in particular, the crucial guidance you gave for the last two weeks of study, made the difference and enabled me to pass on my first try.

I have recommended your course to a number of friends and colleagues and urge you to post this to your website if you wish. That you could teach this old(er) dog enough “tricks” to get through is a real testament to your methods.

All the best,

Bryan C., Esq.


I want to extend my thanks to Professor Duncanson for her help in preparing me for the exam. Her insights and predictions were incredibly helpful and I wanted to express my gratitude to everyone at Bar None for your help throughout this process. Thank you!




To Bar None Review –

This was my fifth time to take the California bar exam and I finally passed it! The Cram Session is so amazing, Lisa puts all the topics, approaches and predictions together. It is very informative. I strongly recommend Bar None Review to anyone who wants to pass the examination. I am a foreigner who was born and raised in Shanghai, China. I did not go to the United States until I graduated from college in Shanghai. I got an LLM degree at USC. But, I never took any first year class. And I passed the California Bar Examination with Lisa’s help. If I can do it, everyone could do it. All you need to do is attend Bar None Review class and be a good student, pay attention and do what she says. Lisa will help you to achieve your dream. 

Yi (Annie) Shi

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