What is Themis and how does it help colleges?
Primarily, we’re a bar review company. We help students who are preparing for the legal bar exam, and we do that in  different jurisdictions. The program for students is a fully online bar exam course.
When we’re working with professors, it tends to be on a couple different levels: one of them is, we have a bunch of professors that we use as lecturers within our videos. The course, in part, has videos where subsidence of laws tends to be legal experts in the field, so we work with professors on preparing those lectures. That’s where a lot of those connections start initially.
Andrew Humphries, Director of Learning for Themis
The second thing is that we have a partner with a number of schools across the country, and we’re continuing to evolve this partnership to work on early bar prep courses. We’ll work directly with the academic support team of a school or the early bar prep team and we’ll get some of our resources into their classroom so students can watch a Themis subsidence of law lecture as homework, and then come into class where the professor or the early bar support person might help them practice questions. That rings true to what some people call the flipped classroom.
How can students access and use Themis?
It’s integrated across a variety of platforms. You can use it on pretty much any tablet, most smartphones, and PCs or Macs, any kind of personal computer. Students have a login and they log into their course; we have different courses built for different purposes. For instance, if you were trying to pass the bar in Massachusetts, you’d purchase from us a Massachusetts bar prep course, and when you log in there’s a big study calendar that shows you what tasks to do on what days. All the resources are there in that portal, so you might watch a video or review a handout and we would have the PDF of the handout that you’d be able to print out or write in with a pen if you wanted.
When we work directly with schools or with the academic support team or bar prep programs we’ll create a course that has the material that they want their students to have access to. The students will all log in to that portal and they won’t see the Massachusetts bar prep course, they’ll see the X University bar prep class and the tasks that the professors asked them to do.