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I wouldn't bet my bar study on BarBri's guesses.

Current Law Students / Re: need help/advice
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:55:36 PM »
It's okay on forgetting mom...rookie mistake.

I agree with the advice already dispensed and taken...don't try to explain away the grades, and especially don't try to do so with mentions of undergrad success. Do as little as possible to draw attention to the grades. Keep the "you want me" spirit going. Good luck.

I did the BarBri lecture, and then the next week spend a bit of Thursday and Friday looking at questions. I had already taken PR, but I agree with the others that the class doesn't necessarily prepare you for the exam. I don't think I ever worried about timed conditions...I'd save that stress for the MBE.

I know a lot of people who walked out feeling that they hadn't passed. ('Passed' being relative, as it's really just how your score compares to your jurisdiction.) A few were right, but most did well enough the first time to not retake.

If you can get a sample of your professor's exams, expecially a sample with an example answer, that's the best. If you can't, then something like the Siegel will help since it will give you an idea of how to deal with a question, issue spotting, writing an answer, etc.

Current Law Students / Re: Preparation for 1L summer classes?
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:41:00 PM »
If you can't get through 1.5 hours of sitting still, it seems like it's time to consider if law is the correct career. There will be times when you must sit still and behave, etc., for much longer.

As for the prep -- don't. If you're doing a JD/LLM program (I second the "why" -- it's not like an LLM in an expected subject like tax), you're going to have many years of many classes. Enjoy the time you have now.

I also agree w/what thorc's had to say. Briefing will teach you a lot; don't just buy briefs.

Current Law Students / Re: MPRE - BarBri?
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:37:01 PM »
When I took it, the cost was applied to the overall BarBri cost, which made it an okay deal.

67 know the law. That's the baseline, and it means you're good for a "C".

The question really isn't whether or not you know the material, the question is can you write about the material in such a way that demonstrates proper legal reasoning and analysis.

Giving the "right answer" isn't important. How you reach the right answer is the important skill. If you provide a conclusory answer based on your knowledge of the law, you're not really performing any analysis and won't do well on the exam. If, instead, you can write a reasoned analysis, apply law to facts, etc., etc., then you should do well.

The skills you will need for the exam, in addition to knowing the law, is being able to pick out the relevant issues in the fact pattern (issue spotting) given the call of the question and being able to write in your IRAC or whatever is the preferred style on those issues, and do this all within a well-structured answer.

Definitely do the sample exam that you've been given. If you have the opportunity to discuss your answer with the professor or a TA, do that, also.

Current Law Students / Re: This Quote Means...?
« on: February 06, 2008, 05:01:26 PM »
I've got a pretty good idea of what it means, but I don't want my answer repurposed on someone's blog.

Bar Exam Preparation / Re: taking two preps; waste of time?
« on: February 06, 2008, 07:59:53 AM »
It depends on how you learn and where your strengths are. How good are you at the MBE subjects? Are you better at self-study or lecture?

If you're fairly confident on the MBE subjects and/or good at self-study, consider getting the PMBR red and blue books.

If, instead, you do better in a lecture situation and/or you're not as proficient at the MBE topics, consider one or both of the PMBR lectures. The 6-day occurs before BarBri and gives a fairly broad overview of all topics. The 3-day is later in the study cycle and is more fine tuning and test techniques on what you should already know by that point.

If you're taking the July bar unless you really think you're going to study from Feb. to July, I'd just look at the July courses.

Current Law Students / Re: Two resume questions
« on: February 04, 2008, 04:29:02 AM »
Put the GPA/rank on the resume. The problem with putting the fall GPA is that it's just one semester. The one-line example that someone gave doesn't address why it's information that should be highlighted on your resume; i.e., the transfer and 1L courses/curve.

Did you make Dean's List for that semester? If so, stick on the Dean's List and leave off the semester GPA.

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