How does Themis collaborate with law professors’ pedagogy regarding the bar exam?
When we’re working directly with a school, we’ll help them provide material for a course. Most of these courses are early bar prep of some kind. The school is set out to help students have some sort of experience and there is a diversity in approaches in their courses. They all have a goal of helping students pass the bar for that jurisdiction. Since we have bar prep courses for so many jurisdictions, typically we’ll work with a school that’ll say, we want to work with these topics, and we’ll provide them with the video that we have on these topics. We’ll make sure that they are what the schools want; they tend to be, because their goal is to have students pass the bar and our goal is to have students pass the bar.
What other advantages does Themis provide?
We actually were founded by a couple people who have experience in bar prep. One of the reasons that they wanted to found this company was because they thought there were some ways they could use technologies that weren’t being taken advantage of. Our goals from the beginning have been to one, prepare students to pass whatever bar they’re setting out to take, and two, to do it in a way that meets the needs of modern day law students.
Most students graduate [from law school] in May or June and it’s typical for them to take eight to ten weeks to sequester themselves to study for the bar. When you have to go to a live lecture or when you have to have dozens of pounds of books with you, it’s kind of hard to go anywhere. You hear stories about people holding up in hotel rooms near their campus or staying in their apartment, and that works for some students. But, we thought, well, if you wanted to go somewhere else in the country, what would it be like to do that? If you could lower students’ stress levels by allowing them to not hang around campus because they’ve graduated and instead, go back to their family home or somewhere nice for eight to ten weeks. So by having a fully online program, we wanted to provide that kind of flexibility to students, to let them make choices about the kind of environment that they need to be in, to succeed as they study.