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Bar Exam Review: Orientation

24 Feb

Woot! Day 1 of the Bar Exam is officially over!

As most of you already know, I’m taking the Iowa Bar Exam. It’s officially scheduled for the 24th through the 26th, but day one is just orientation. They required that we arrive by 12:45, and then orientation started at 1:00.  I kind of expected more of a meet & greet, but it was actually just rules and regulations.

I arrived a little early, and there was a lovely group of girls waiting around. We all chatted about the exam and our strengths/weaknesses. Amusingly, we were all dreading the essays, but on different subjects. I freely admit that BA is worrying me a bit. I rock at contracts, but BA is a little weaker right now.  Still, rumor has it that Family Law is the most common arrival, so I’ll be preparing extra for that one in review tonight. 

Upon entering the room, it was pretty packed. Apparently there is enough space for us all to be together taking the MBE, but I think it’ll be around 80-120 students?  I’m kind of a bad judge on that stuff.  

Upon arrival, they went through three different speakers. Two were mostly motivational speakers; telling us to eat and quit stressing. They only took up about 15 minutes. The third went over all of the rules–what to bring (pencils, highlighter, wallet); what not to bring (anything electronic; bags; purses; hoodies; mechanical pencils); when to arrive (30 minutes for laptopers; 15 for handwritten exams).  That took another 20 minutes, and really covered the material in the pamphlet sent to us in the mail.  Funny how they trust us to pass an exam, but not to read the directions.  

The worst & most tedious was registration.  They went row by row, and I was at the back, so I waiting another 30 minutes. You had to have 2 forms of identification, including one with a picture.  They handed each of us a small white post-card with a number on it. That is our ticket; required for each exam.  Apparently, tomorrow we’ll have to sign another card upon arrival and bring both into the room with us.

That really was the end. All in all, it took an hour and was pretty boring.  Still nice to meet people! Saw some from Florida and Minnesota getting their second bar licenses, and some 10 year grads just getting their first. 

 

 

Bar Exam Arrival

24 Feb

Lafayette I am here!  I was a little worried about getting here in the first place, with all the snow that keeps dropping on us. I’m getting a little tired of promises for no snow and sunny skies, then 6 inches in a neat pile 😛  Anyway, we got a pretty strongly worded warning this past week about anyone who fails to arrive on the basis of weather excuses. Apparently if you miss due to weather, they “will in fact be reporting your absence to any other bar you attempt to take, and it will have negative connotations.”  I kid you not. . . They’re just lucky no one died trying to drive in dangerous conditions just to save their career. Surely there is liability somewhere in there?

Anyway, we arrived safely!  Apparently that was a godsend, since I found out where I arrived that the vehicle was “unfit” for driving!  Talk about a stressor; the mechanics failed to tighten the lug nuts last time they rotated the tires and it ruined 4 tires, a rim, and the sensor.  Not the happiest of moments 🙂 The wheels are so bad, that the new mechanic said it was technically illegal to drive on them.  Who knew there was a law about that?  This doesn’t bode well for the test! 😛

Map of States Requiring Standardized Law Tests

10 Dec

The NCBEX offers the map of the US states and territories that use the NCBE exams. These include the MPRE, MBE, MPT, and MEE.  You can see which of these tests are used in which locations. Kind of helpful when choosing which state to bar into.

 

New Jersey Bar July 2013

5 Nov

Apparently New Jersey’s Bar Results were posted yesterday, Nov. 4; however they aren’t up on the website for public viewing yet.  I’ll update this with a link as soon as it’s available.   You can keep an eye out on their webpage here. Congratulations if you got good news!

Maryland Bar Results July 2013

1 Nov

Maryland’s Bar Exam Results are out for July 2013! You can check your (or your friend’s) results here.  Congratulations to those who succeeded; sympathies and hugs to those who didn’t get better news.  Unfortunately, it only lists the people by Seat Number. Wishing you the best of luck!

 

Academic Tools Law Students Should Know: Commercial Study Aids

25 Aug

The others in this series are (in order):

Law School is starting, has started, or will start for all those newbie 1Ls who are arriving on the scene. On behalf of all of your seniors, I offer you welcome. To HELL. Okay, so I promise it won’t be like that forever, but the first few weeks are probably going to seem like you have entered the ninth level of Dante’s Horrors.  Or perhaps they’ll start you off really light and leave you unsuspecting only to be thoroughly traumatized by greater difficulties later in the semester.  So as a gift to you, I offer you a few tools that will help you on your way.  They won’t take all the agony out of the process, but hopefully it will lighten your load at least a bit.  I have at least 7 ready to post but I’m splitting them up for readability. The rest will come out staggered over the next few days. Good luck!

 Commercial Study Aids

You’re going to hear a lot of people talking about commercial study aids, and without an explanation they can be kind of confusing.  This title is given to a wide category of study guides published and sold by the major law-publishing companies. They can be everything from outlines to exam guides to flash cards and more.  Usually they are intended to help you study for exams or offer general overviews of major legal subject.  They won’t be specific to your professor, but they can help you better understand the topic when your prof goes off on tangents or just doesn’t explain himself/herself well.  Since there are hundreds Continue reading

MPRE Exam Tomorrow

16 Aug

Wish me luck! Tomorrow morning I set off for the University campus where I will be taking the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). This test is required by all of the states for people who want to practice as attorneys and it tests your ethical knowledge of the law.  This means it is going to ask me a bunch of convoluted questions that basically come down to: “Do I Cheat My Client” and the general answer of “Not Usually.”  Unfortunately law school tests are notorious for employing confusion tactics.  For example, the law says you have to have a written agreement to do something, an oral agreement won’t work. The question says “there was an agreement, can you act”. Well, that’s depends on whether it was written or oral, but none of those are an option.  Blech! I hate those questions!  Anyway, I have to make a certain score (it varies from state to state) so I’m off to study some more! I’d appreciate some helpful prayers!

 

BTW: I will be selling a pdf version of my MPRE outline after tomorrow for $5.  It’s less than 20 pages (I’ll let you know the exact number) and should have all the need to know info.  Let me know if you’re interested! It’s also great for Professional Responsibility classes 🙂

What Multiple-Choice Answer is your least favorite?

4 May

Okay, Monday I officially have one of the great dreaded Multiple Choice question exams.  While I may have totally rocked out on Undergrad MP?s, Law school exams are killing me.  Thus, in the name of procrastinators everywhere, I ask you: What is your least favorite multiple choice answer?!?

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