(Closed) The Bar Support Group Thread

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Good luck to everyone taking the bar exam!  Oh, I feel your pain!  Studying for the bar was two of the worst months of my life.  My husband and I studied for the bar together – after that, we knew we’d make it through anything!  We lived and breathed outlines, acronyms, and elements.  I slept with my flashcards under my pillow b/c I’d wake up in a panic that I couldn’t remember the elements of some crime.  We had so many neumonic devices made up that I felt like I was speaking in code.  We would make up acronyms for each other and things we said and did.  A few of them caught on and became staples in our vocabulary – one is even engraved inside my engagement ring!!

So good luck ladies!  I probably wouldn’t be any help with the substantive stuff, but feel free to contact me if you want to vent or need some sympathy!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m not taking the bar…but my fiance is and the process seems tortuous. He is constantly at the library studying and I can’t wait to get him back next week. Good luck on the exam!!!

Post # 6
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911 posts
Busy bee

Good luck, everyone! I took my state’s bar exam 8 years ago this month and studying for the 3 day test with a 50% pass rate (and only given once a year at the time) was unbelievably brutal.  I would study and night and then dream neumonic devices and outlines.  But you won’t believe how good it feels when you’re done.  HANG IN THERE!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Been there, done that–and you have my sympathy!  I actually took the bar twice–once in DC in 1980, and once in MD in 2000.  (MD has a sort of mini-bar for those who have already been practicing.)  The first time, I had already started my job, and was only able to take three days off to study for and take the bar exam.  The second time, I was setting up my own practice and writing a book at the same time as I took the bar exam.  I can only imagine trying to do it while planning a wedding!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m taking the Bar next week too and am totally stressed!  Does anyone else feel like they don’t know anything?

 I’ve wallpapered my bedroom with "things to remember" – sort of like misommaly! 

Countdown to Freedom (hopefully): 8 days.

crap, that’s not a lot.  back to studying…. ๐Ÿ™ 

Post # 9
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297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I was so happy to see this thread!  Studying for this sucks, but I can’t decide which was worse:  this or 1L year.  Although I got married before the bar, we are moving to a different state during the bar!  Not our choice–the Army’s!  I am flying to Nashville (our new home) to take the bar and during the two days of the exam he is packing and loading everything with the movers and driving across the country.  He arrives the night of the last testing day.  What a mess!  I am trying not to be distracted by it!  But secretly happy I get out of having to do the packing ๐Ÿ™‚

Like tatrifon, I’m just trying to stay positive and counting down the days until freedom!

Post # 10
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1962 posts
Buzzing bee

Aww girls, good luck!  Took NY two years ago. You can do it!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My fiance and I are both studying for it right now and as he says "the apartment smells like despair." I can’t wait for this to be done so I can get back to fun things like planning the wedding! It’s gotten to the point where we dream about it at night and I have the holder in due course rule running through my head all day (where a negotiable instrument has been negotiated, a holder in due course will take it free of personal defenses subject only to real ones – SCORE!).

Almost there…we can make it!

Post # 12
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231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

does anyone else feel like you remember one rule, and another rule just flies out of your head?  i hate this.

Post # 14
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231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Well done!  I’m trying to focus on the DOWNFALL and SPARERIBS parts of motions to dismiss.  And I don’t want to subject anyone to the recitation of what those stand for – so hopefully you get it ๐Ÿ™‚

What state(s) is everyone taking? 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m definitely not taking the bar, but my sister’s boyfriend is gearing up to take the Oregon Bar (he has taken it before though, in CA). 

 

Good luck guys, I can’t imagine surviving something sooo in depth!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Duly noted.

Or should I say:  I feel your pain  (like famous fellow bar member Bill Clinton would say, if he was on this board and heard your plea).  And who ever said lawyers don’t have a heart, got it wrong. 

Been there, Done that and wouldn’t do it again if I don’t have to.  Took the Louisiana bar (all essay) 7 years ago and it was brutal.  Good luck to all of my future colleagues.    Remember to pace yourself, REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW & PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE using old bar exams. 

 

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