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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Holy Crap!

So Keith just told me his BAR review course is going to cost...wait for it....3 THOUSAND dollars! What the frick! For serious?? Hello?? He isn't a lawyer YET!! We don't just have that kind of money laying around! I mean, what law student does, I would like to know?!? So he either doesn't take the class, which is not an option because then the chances are greater for failing and then all the other TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars that we have racked up in loans will just be for naught. Or we fork over the dough so he can have a better chance at passing this last hurdle between him and a "real job". So here's my idea...I figure if all my readers donate say, 5 bucks, we will only have...lets see....about 2,975 dollars left! Hmmm.....I think that plan may be flawed.

10 comments:

Mindi said...

Wow, that's ridiculous! I can't believe they expect you to come up with that kind of money after going to school for so long already. Let me tell ya, it'd better be worth the money it costs.

Shannon said...

Yeah, he better pass the dang thing, thats all I can say.

SarahK said...

More than likely they are expecting you to have that added into your student loans. OR the firm that he gets a job with will pay for it...at least thats how it works in the "accountant world"...but its not NEARLY that much moolah to take the CPA exam. Holy crapola thats alot of dough.

Cheree said...

Did you count me as I reader? I could fork over $5. 
As an alternative, (if you really want to take the chance of an alternative), you can generally buy any study books sold by these “Princeton review” type places online (ebay, etc.) from students who took the course a year to six months ago. Granted, the info isn’t 100% current, but revisions from year to year are generally minor. The only trick then is to actually sit and study as you won’t have a classroom setting or instructor to help you schedule time for that.
I went that route when I studied for the CPA exam (for the second time). The first time I did fork over about $2k for a study course. . . .
Just an idea . . . .

Anonymous said...

I took more notes in the review course than I did in the 3 years of law school. It is expensive, but very worthwhile. It is possible that an employer will pay for or provide a loan for the course AND the exam fee. Welcome to the practice of law. Wait until Keith starts paying $1000 for his suits, $200 for ties and $150 for shirts. Love. Dad

PS: By the way, there is enough pressure to pass the darn thing without worrying about the money! (Easy for me to say, now).

Jenny said...

HAHAHAHA I'll donate my $5!!!

Doesn't it seem like everything worth doing costs besquillions of dollars? No wonder we get so excited about the dollar store.

Lori said...

Wouldn't recommend the used books idea, no offense to Cheree. The live course also provides practice exams with grading. The reality check of failing my first practice exam was well worth the motivation for the rest of the review course and passing the first time.
The LSAT course was about $2k, so $3k for the bar exam course doesn't seem that bad in comparison.
Don't forget to budget for the aroma-therapy candles in both soothing scents and brain stimulating scents.
Love,

Shannon said...

Yeah, we are definitly not doing the old book route, it just isn't the same. The BAR is a crazy hard test, or so i have heard! And we don't want any retakes! LOL, and don't even remind me about that stinking LSAT class, we do have plans to one day surprise you with a check for 2000 bucks to pay you back, except now it won't be as much of a surprise...

SarahK said...

Parents are awesome, seriously.

Lori said...

Gee, Shannon, didn't bring up the LSAT course for THAT reason, just meant it seemed like an okay value for the bar review. Now I feel guilty.
Way more intense studying than for school. Better plan to clean your own kitchen for a couple of months, lol.
BTW, don't forget to post on your "other" blog.
Love,