hugs_cacti (hugs_cacti) wrote in bar_exam,

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Ok, so. I graduated from Law School last spring and still have not yet taken the Bar. (I know! I know!) My husband and I weren’t planning on staying in the state and I didn’t want to have to take it twice. Now, however, circumstances have changed and we are staying here (we actually just bought our first house!). Anyways. Although my job doesn’t require me to take the bar (I work in politics) I figure I might as well take it just in case. (In case of what I have no idea, but I feel like that is the most common reason)


Here is my question: I will be taking the MPRE in August (yes, I didn’t take that either) and am planning on taking the Bar in February but I will also be working full time and will get little if any time off to study, except maybe a few days right before the exam. So, should I begin studying for the Bar now, perhaps a few hours a night? Or will that just burn me out making it impossible to study right before the exam?



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I think it depends on how tough your state is. I didn't quit my job to study for DC and breezed through it, but I failed California despite studying 12+ hours a day.
You might want to download some sample exams from the state bar website to gauge the difficulty.
I haven't been able to find any sample exams for my state. :( But the pass rate average is about 67%.

My concern is that although I did well in school, I focused on a specific subject rather then taking the classes that are on the Bar. I've heard some say (even past professors) that you only need to study for the Bar from the Bar material and not to worry about missing out on the whole class. But other say "you're screwed."

My main concern is about starting to study too early and then being burned out by Christmas...sigh.
I didn't take bar classes in law school because "secured transactions" and "negotiable instruments" sounded boring. I did lay out $5200 in Bar Prep fees to take July 2008 New York. I hope that was not in vain.

I am studying and working at the same time. And taking a hard bar with a low pass rate. Will let you know how it goes :)
That was my feeling as well. Classes were mundane in and off themselves so when I choose classes it was based more on interest/specialization rather than "what will help me pass the bar."

I hope that wasn’t a huge error on my part.

Good luck with your studies!
If it makes you feel any better I've done about 1400 MBE questions.

I got the highest grade in my 1L class in both Contracts I and Contracts II.
I did not take evidence.

My MBE practice contracts scores are about 55%.

My evidence scores are far and away the best scores I get all around (75-90%).

Evidence was actually one of my best classes so when I stared looking through practice question I figured I'd breeze right through, then I moved on to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th question and I was thinking "what language are they speaking?!"

I have found that to be true in a few of the sections unfortunately. There is information in there that we never even touched, looked over, skimmed through, thought almost makes we want to cry.
Message from my friend Chris after her PMBR property lecture:

"we did property today
and people were looking like the man on the video was talking a different language
like um. . . when did this become Azerbajan?"
Well that makes ME feel better, however, that doesn't really encourage confidence in our law schools! ;)
My highest grades 1L year was in Contracts 1 and Property 2. Guess what my lowest MBE scores are? Contracts and Property! I'm usually at the 55%.

In Evidence, which was one of my lowest grades in law school, I'm scoring at the 70%-80% range.

This is all such bull.
I didn't take bar classes in law school because "secured transactions" and "negotiable instruments" sounded boring.

And SO much easier to learn from scratch with BarBri. My friends in law school struggled with it as a course, but when I read the Conviser I didn't see what the big deal was. Presumably because I only had to learn only the absolute basics, and when both subjects were tested, I wrote the essay quickly and easily.
That is such a relief to hear.
I only took a little over half of the bar classes. We had a meeting 2L year, where the dean said that generally everyone in the top half passes the bar, no matter what they take. Well, I was easily in the top half, so I thought, screw it.

Now I'm kicking myself.

I had a professor who basically said the same thing. "Study for the Bar, cram as much in as you can and forget it when you're done. No need to take an entire semester on it."

So I thought sweet. I'll do my specialization and learn what I need for the Bar when the time comes. Now however, I'm realizing that even with the "Bar" classes I did take (Torts, Contracts, Evidence, etc.) there is an amazing amount of information that we didn’t' even touch. However, the stuff we did discuss does not need to be re-learned (which helps).

I think what I’ve learned is: either way the Bar will get you in the end.

Damn Bar exam…
Lucky you. 1L year is just coming back to me now. I don't have to start from scratch, but I've had to rememorize certain things. Annoying.

Yeah, I dunno...everyone in my barbri class seems to have missed at least one of the bar prep courses.

My school recommended the bar prep courses, but said they were most important for the bottom third to take.