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General Board / Re: Which bar review course?
« on: January 28, 2008, 08:39:53 AM »
PMBR is just MBE. I thought it was better than BarBri MBE. BarBri does the state subjects plus MBE and MPT and a couple graded essays.

The BarBri essay stuff is okay. They also try to sell essay advantage as an add-on. Essay advantage gives an extra day of essay lecture (two days? can't remember anymore) plus a few more graded essays.

Anyone can do the BarBri iPod version, as long as they're willing to fork over more cash.

I've heard MicroMash is pretty good, but I don't have any personal experience with it. Not sure on any of the others.

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Failed Applicant Sues Bar Examiners Over Test Question on Gay Marriage
Sheri Qualters
The National Law Journal
07-02-2007

A Massachusetts bar examination applicant who claims he failed the test because he didn't answer a question about homosexual marriage and parenting is suing the test administration agency, the state Supreme Judicial Court and four individual justices for constitutional violations.

In his pro se complaint, plaintiff Stephen Dunne seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions barring the defendants from considering the question in regard to his application to practice law and from enforcing the question in the current or future bar examinations. Dunne is also seeking a jury trial and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Stephen Dunne v. The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, No. 07-11166 (D. Mass.)

Dunne claims his score of 268.866 on the November 2006 bar exam just missed the passing score of 270 points because he didn't follow the proscribed format for an unlawful question about gay marriage. Dunne said the question required applicants to "affirmatively accept, support and promote homosexual marriage and homosexual parenting." Dunne claims the defendants violated his First Amendment right to exercise his religion and violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. He also claims their actions impose illegal state regulations on interstate commerce.

Supreme Judicial Court spokeswoman said the court couldn't comment on pending cases.

William F. Kennedy, the chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, which administers the test, also declined to comment.

"The complaint is being reviewed; we have no comment at this time," Kennedy said.

http://www.law.com/jsp/law/LawArticleFriendly.jsp?id=1183107989917

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Bar Exam / Essay Advantage
« on: June 02, 2007, 09:32:08 PM »
Anyone take or thinking of taking Essay Advantage along with BarBri. Any feedback on whether or not this is worth the cost and another day from my life?

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General Board / Contracts in Middle Earth
« on: December 13, 2006, 11:31:21 AM »
Someone posted this link on fark.com. It's amusing and, now being finals time, somewhat seasonal.

http://blog.qiken.org/archives/2003/12/sauron_offer_an.html

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General Board / 3L/4L poll
« on: September 18, 2006, 06:25:41 PM »
For those with a little more tenure in school, just curious how you view things at this point.

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Studying and Exam Taking / MPRE
« on: June 20, 2006, 10:00:39 PM »
Anyone taking the MPRE in August? What are you doing for prep?

I'm out of the country until late July, so I don't think I'll get a BarBri course in. I have the model rules with me, although I'm considering trashing them becuase the book's heavy. (Actually, I'll probably keep the model rules and judicial canon, and toss the rest, like the state rules, that are in the book).

Anyone else?

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General Board / Anyone considering graduating early?
« on: January 03, 2006, 10:04:11 AM »
I'm a 2L now. If I went to summer school, with a pretty packed fall 2006, I could graduate. Then I'd be eligible for the bar in Feb. If I don't do this, I'm set up for a pretty easy 3L year. Wondering if anyone's considering this, and has any thoughts pro/con.

From a loans perspective, I think I'd save a little, which I like. But not sure if I'd really give myself any other advantages.

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2L job search / How's Your Job Search Going?
« on: October 21, 2005, 10:26:43 PM »
I'm feeling a little frustrated by the whole job search thing...might as well make it fun for all.

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Book Sales and Trades / Emanuel Outlines and Casenote Canned Briefs
« on: August 18, 2005, 02:37:21 AM »
I've got Emanuel Outlines for Civil Procedure, and for Torts keyed to Prosser/Wade/Schwartz, 10th Edition. Both were purchased new last year and used gently. Each shows some edgewear, but are clean inside, other than the fact that I wrote my name in the Torts book.

For Casenotes briefs I've got Property keyed to Singer's Property Law: Rules, Policies and Practices, and Civ Pro keyed to Marcus, Redish, and Sherman. The Property was new last year, and shows some edgewear, but is otherwise clean inside. The Civ Pro is an older edition, published 2000, and I think was missing one case that we covered in class. It's got some writing inside, mostly on the first pages and not on the cases, and quite a bit of coffee stains; I bought it used and it came like this.

Any interest, please drop a note here or school_sue @ yahoo.com. (remove spaces to email)

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Studying and Exam Taking / Torts - blech!
« on: December 05, 2004, 04:13:26 PM »
I took a sample exam from my torts prof, and feel like it's a bad day comin'. (Was I really in that class all semester?)

Anyone have any strategies for the best way to attack this beastie?

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