You knew it was bound to happen and now it has. For those of you getting ready to watch bar review videos and sit in the library for hours with those heavy books---well, now you have options. You can study for the bar while on the go using a new app for the iPhone/iPod Touch developed by BarMax, a company started by a former law student. The company launched an app for the California bar exam last year and a New York version in April 2010, with plans to add more states. The BarMax app doesn’t come cheap---it costs $1,000, reputedly the most expensive app out there---but it has an entire review course of audio tapes, lectures, outlines, checklists, and questions from prior bar exams. And BarMax offers its MPRE edition to everyone for free. If you don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can rent one from BarMax. Purchase of the app gets you lifetime access---all of this, and you can study while jogging. The ABA Journal's review of the app is available here. A review by a purported former law student who used BarMax to prep for the bar is available here.
Already there is competition. If you aren't ready to trust a new company with your bar prep, BARBRI introduced an app last fall which is free for students enrolled in its classes (which cost considerably more than $1,000) and offers mobile access to lectures and other materials. Emanuel Bar Review also has developed a series of apps to prepare you for the multistate exam that let you review and test yourself on evidence, property law, contracts, torts, criminal law, and constitutional law. These apps only cost $12.99 each and also make good study tools for 1L law school classes. Or you can study for the multistate exam on your home or laptop computer using MyBarPrep, which costs $249.99.