I greatly appreciate any advice anyone can give me. Thank you.
As to lesser-ranked students being taught to the bar, not quite. In any event, a few thoughts:
Don't try to "cram." That is the method that has somehow seeped into our collective academic consciousness. It's a terrible idea, and it doesn't work very well.
Instead, this is the time to synthesize what was learned--often fleetingly--for the first year especially. Dig out your outlines. What you'll do is twofold. First, perfect your outline for each subject. Does each part make sense? When you look at each element, it starts to become elementary. As you go through the bar review lectures, fit each piece back into that puzzle. The acid test: it should be "ah ha!," not "huh?!"
Second, condense each outline from 30-50 pages to 1-2 pages. Seriously. This is what you need to have walking into the bar exam. But not as sheets of paper. Rather, it's etched into your mind. But not because you're "cramming." Rather, it's because you've gone over it so many times it's just so basic.
Third, this should be fun. Really. Listening to the tapes and even being in the exam should be stressful, yes, but it should also be exhilarating . . . and calming. The reaction should be "So that's
what we were talking about in first year."
You can do this. You will do this. You were smart enough to get into a good law school . . . you're going to be fine.
Will type more, but gotta' run.
Best of luck, sincerely,