Post # 1
No ladies, not the fun type of bar that you drink at – the other kind, the law kind.
I was reading Ms. Mouse’s thread today and I noticed that there are quite a few bees who are due to take the bar next Tuesday. It’s an incredibly stressful period and I’ve found that talking to other people helps out a lot.
So how is the last week of bar studying going? I’ve been reading flashcards non-stop, writing essays, and eating everything in sight! I need to stop the emotional eating or else my first dress fitting is going to be bloody hell.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
"We lived and breathed outlines, acronyms, and elements." – yeah, that pretty much sounds like my life right now! Breathe in – elements of a trust; breathe out – conditions necessary to pierce the corporate veil. 🙂
Thanks for the well wishes! I really hope I pass because I can’t imagine doing this again in February!!
Post # 6
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
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
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…. 🙁
Post # 9
- 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 🙂
Like tatrifon, I’m just trying to stay positive and counting down the days until freedom!
Post # 10
Aww girls, good luck! Took NY two years ago. You can do it!
Post # 11
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
does anyone else feel like you remember one rule, and another rule just flies out of your head? i hate this.
Post # 13
@tatrifon: YES. I hate hate hate that feeling!! I just hope all those rules are stacked in my brain somewhere.
Right now, I’d say I’m struggling most with the subjects I didn’t study in law school. I could really kick myself for not taking Wills and Trusts. But don’t worry, I’ve got SPIRIT!!(Settlor, Property/Res, Intent to properly create, Rule Against Perp compliance, Intended ascertainable beneficiaries, Trustee). Yeah. I just went there. I am such a dork.
Post # 14
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 🙂
What state(s) is everyone taking?
Post # 15
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
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.