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History of School

This professional education school was founded in 1980 by James J. Rigos, CPA, CMA, CFM, J.D., LL.M. (tax). When Rigos CPA Review opened a "live-instruction" class in Seattle, we had 12 students in our first class.

At the time, this broke new ground because the only other coaching course providers in the market were courses that offered lectures from tapes. And while this course had "instructors" present to operate the tape recorder, the lecture was still canned. This novel feature - experienced teachers lecturing "live" in their specialty areas - was an instant success. The Rigos learning format was more familiar to college students, the classes were more exciting, the students worked harder and therefore more of the Rigos students passed. The word spread and the numbers grew.

In 1985, our school began a CMA Review Program for management accountants. In 1992, we introduced computerized question and answer drill software for students in our courses to complement our written text books. Magic Memory Outline software templates followed. In 1995, we opened a Bar review course for recent law school graduates. In 2007 we entered into a distribution agreement with Aspen Publishers. The key to this growth is student satisfaction and our relentless commitment to continual quality improvement.

Over 100,000 professionals have completed the Rigos programs in the past 40 years.   If you are a serious accounting, finance, or law student and want a proven structure to maximize your certificate or license preparation, try us out; you will not be sorry.

We have also developed professional CPE and CLE ethics courses that lawyers and CPAs may use to satisfy their continuing education requirements.

 See our in-house workshops or self-study sites for further information.

Our Vision and Mission Statement


  • To educate a few good students who will commit to intellectual excellence
  • To accomplish their personal aspirations and professional goals
  • To improve their enterprises' competitive position, and
  • To change the world.


For 40 years our affiliated schools have promoted a guiding philosophy of intellectual excellence. We have learned that a tightly structured program combining the highest quality material with exciting live professors will produce the highest pass-rate and student satisfaction. Our success is only as strong as the success of the students who have just completed our course.

The Rigos courses are offered internationally through a group of affiliated universities, schools and professionals. This system combines high-quality centralized editorial direction with local hands-on owners who direct and teach the classes. The result is the fastest growing BAR, CPA, CMA, CFM, and professional ethics review courses in the world.

Last updated on 4/10/2019 1:55:01 PM