(Closed) Legal bees…advice for the big exam?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Just study and stay on track with your bar course.  It is normal to feel that way.  I felt like giving up everyday.  I was a basket case and my fiance was my sounding board.  I would break out into tears at night in his arms saying that I didn’t feel prepared enough and I was going to fail.  Needless to say i passed!!!  You will too.  My friend and I had a discussion about this and we both said that if you put in the work you will pass.  Trust me you know much more than your giving yourself credit for.  Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I haven’t taken the bar exam but I have taken the CPA exam (which I’ve been told is very similar) and passed.  Like the above posted said you will never feel completely prepared, but don’t panic, just take your time and you’ll do fine.  Good luck those state tests are awful!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are taking a review course try to stay up with it. As it gets closer, let go of things you know, torts, contract standards and try to create some simple mnemonic devices to help you with commerical paper, trusts, etc. you can’t know everything. Make sure you take care of yourself the night before and the day of, sleep, no distractions, no weird food.  It will be over soon enough. Best of Luck.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Just keep up with regular studying and try not to get overwhelmed.  everything is doable in small chunks.   And remember that you don’t have to learn it all.  You only have to learn as much as everyone else taking the test learns 🙂  So don’t stress over missing a few questions here and there.  At my bar exam, one of the essay questions was on commercial paper, a topic that even BarBri tells you you can more or less skip over.  There was an audible groan in the testing room when people read that question.  But the good part was, none (or pretty much none) of us knew the material super well.  You’re only compared to the other testers. 

Also, figure out testing logistics in advance – what you can bring, how you’ll get there, etc.  This will ease your mind on the day of.  And dress in layers – you never know what temperature the testing facility will be. 

And my rule for all law exams (law school and the bar) was once the test is over, we shall never speak of it again.  No need to compare answers because what’s done is done, and there’s no reason to start second guessing yourself.

Good luck!!  I’m sure you’ll do great – you seem very well prepared!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Good luck!  I’ll be taking it too in a few weeks here.  I need to get my ass in gear.  I have kind of been slacking off.  I think the amount of complaining everyone did about the simulated MBE gave me a false sense of confidence.  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Mrs.McMac:  Ditto that.  I studied with a friend, and we had flashcards.  We made our own based on the devices and things from the bar review course.  Towards the end, we kept up with the course, and then split for lunch and met back later.  We would work for a few hours with the cards, quizzing each other and whatnot.

Then, I would break from her for dinner and study a little more on my own.  We studied together up until the exam.  I did make time each day to workout and clear my head, and I tried to eat well and get a lot of sleep. 

We had our rooms booked, and had a plan for the day of the exam.  I practiced writing out essays too so I wasn’t rusty on writing because I tend to do everything on the computer.

It’ll all be over soon – just remember that, and seriously take a break when you finish.  I went to a Cubs game the day after with my mom and then flew to Florida.  And didn’t think for about a week – I shopped and ate and read seriously ridiculous fiction novels.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@shooting_star5711:  Totally with you on the not thinking for a week!  That’s when we will be taking our honeymoon.  I said we had to go all inclusive resort because “I didn’t want to have to think.”  Cannot wait!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Good luck. I took mine many many moons ago and actually took two state bars and passed them. I took them in 3 days. I live in the tri-state area so it’s structured that way for most folks to be licensed in two states. Anyhow, I did EVERYTHING that BarBri and PMBR told me to do. All the assignments and homework to a T. If they said ‘type out notes’ ‘do 50 questions on Evidence/Property/Crim Law’ etc, I did it. I wish I had studied that much in law school, I would have gotten an ‘A’ in Property (damn Rule against perpetuities!). Just do what they say and you will pass. Good luck!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@bRooklynRocks:  Three days sounds pretty daunting at this point! Although, I am going to end up taking the MBE again in February to get licensed in Indiana, which doesn’t sound very good either. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I second everyone above!  Just keep studying, but make sure to leave some time for yourself.  I woke up every morning, studied a bit, then made myself coffee and enjoyed it on the couch while I watched Regis and Kelly haha.  That 9:00 am to 10:00 am time was “me time” and no criminal law or evidence was getting in my way!  Then I got back to the books, but I always took a short break when I needed to.  You’ll be just fine.  

 

As for the day of – I agree with babu22 – dress in layers.  I made sure I had an extra sweater because I cannot concentrate when I’m cold!  When you finish, go for a good dinner, eat whatever the hell you want, and then sleep for a long long long time.  I had to go away for a wedding the following day, but when I came back that Sunday, I literally laid on the couch and watched TV for three days straight Sealed

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

PMBR questions were really helpful.  I think I did about 2000 of them and I swear I recognized questions on the exam.   (I did a lot of those in the last 3 days, when I did 14 hours a day studying…I fluffed off until July 4th, then focused harder with about 6-8 hours a day till the end.)  The essays I worried less about – I can write an essay.  I just issue spotted and moved on. 

DO look at the rarely tested subjects.  My year, I got the 2 rarely tested and never in the same year subjects.  Commercial paper and another.  I made up timelines for civ pro essay and it seemed to have been fine.  I did luck out and get family law question, which since I had done over 100 hours pro bono on this in law school (albeit a different state, but close enough to be fine)…was a piece of cake.

Remember you just need to be average.  You don’t need to know everything.

Focus, and do what works for you.  This means ignore advice if it’s not useful.  If you can’t sit still for 2000 questions…then don’t do that and do flash cards or something else instead.

Relax the day before.  Try not to plan on studying at all, or very little.  The night before the night before….get a good night sleep.  Doctors say THAT night matters more for you feeling good than the night before (which you are likely to be kinda amped up for anyhow).

NO POST MORTEM.  Do not discuss it and dissect it afterwards, let it go.

Bring headphones.  There apparently was noise on my exam (like construction + them taking back papers/rehanding them out of a set of people bc they screwed up) I missed because I had mine in. 

I went out drinking immediately afterwards, home by 9PM, in bed shortly thereafter to collapse (ignoring the cheating ex of 6 months prior who was pissed I wouldn’t talk to him then because he wanted us to “be friends”).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Practice problems and essays!!

The Texas bar is three days long.  Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint.  Right now you should really be following the course guidelines. 

If you can get a study buddy, do it. Even it if it’s only to hold you accountable for times you’ve agreed to study, it can really  help.

 

Good luck!!!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Be careful with the headphones, I know they told us we couldn’t bring them in to the exam room.  I think they will have some ear buds there though. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Don’t get nervous.  Get confident.  Study your butt off and you’ll be find.  That test is a singular mindf*ck and nothing else- beat the test takers and you win.  Its like the hunger games and they’re hurling balls of fire at you lol.  No, seriously, confidence is half of it.  I walked in knowing I was going to pass adn walked out knowing I did.  I’d give anything to be studying for the bar exam right now- that was my last breath of freedom, seriously!

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