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Title: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: StrictlyLiable on July 23, 2008, 08:39:28 PM
I pray that I do not see a commercial paper question. I never had it during LS, didn't even cover it until a few days ago. I don't understand it and won't even be able to BS it.

I pray that if there is a tax question, it is a simple "is this income" or "can this be deducted" question. If God loves me, he will not allow them to make me do a hotchpot analysis.

I pray that I don't get diarehhea tues and Wed next week. That would suck.

I pray that the MPT is a "draft a letter" scenario.

I pray that the Supreme Court overturns the entire hearsay doctrine and all its f-in exceptions in the next few days.

I pray that the US Air force mistakingly drops a Daisy Cutter bomb on Blackacre, Greenacre, and any other piece of land with 'acre" in it.

But most of all, I pray that the MBE asks about 170 criminal law questions, because that is the only subject I am still scoring over 70% on.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: jamiejamie on July 24, 2008, 10:08:05 AM
I pray that we live in different states, because I don't even know what commercial paper is.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: uh huh. on July 24, 2008, 10:19:34 AM
I pray that the Supreme Court overturns the entire hearsay doctrine and all its f-in exceptions in the next few days.

Word.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: CoxlessPair on July 24, 2008, 10:36:58 AM
Tax? What god awful state are you in??
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: jacy85 on July 24, 2008, 10:46:21 AM

But most of all, I pray that the MBE asks about 170 criminal law questions, because that is the only subject I am still scoring over 70% on.

Can we pray for criminal procedure questions, to be specific?  Bar/Bri thinks it's helpful to test on reasonableness in crim law, and because the answers often contradict themselves from one question to the next, I'm just all confused.  :-[
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: Luziana on July 24, 2008, 10:59:24 AM

But most of all, I pray that the MBE asks about 170 criminal law questions, because that is the only subject I am still scoring over 70% on.

Can we pray for criminal procedure questions, to be specific?  Bar/Bri thinks it's helpful to test on reasonableness in crim law, and because the answers often contradict themselves from one question to the next, I'm just all confused.  :-[

Oh dear lord, anything BUT a criminal procedure question... I still can't figure out the difference between 5th and 6th amendment rights to counsel, no matter how hard I try.  I just know I'll butcher it on the day of the exam.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: StrictlyLiable on July 24, 2008, 12:07:49 PM
Tax? What god awful state are you in??

PA
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: kilroy55 on July 24, 2008, 01:29:39 PM
I pray for no suretyship, commercial paper or secured transaction questions.

I pray the entire essay portion is nothing but criminal law, adverse possession, and federal jurisdiction. 

I pray that contracts and property magically disappears on the MBE.

I pray that I will know what the exam questions are asking, particularly the short answer section. 

I pray I pass, because I don't want to be only clerk the court house that failed.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: NoUsername on July 24, 2008, 04:02:45 PM
I pray that my 9 essays are:  Wills, Federal Jurisdiction, Agency, Adverse Possession, Conflicts of law, Creditors Rights, Criminal Law, Divorce, and VA Civil Procedure. 
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: kilroy55 on July 24, 2008, 04:41:39 PM
I pray that my 9 essays are:  Wills, Federal Jurisdiction, Agency, Adverse Possession, Conflicts of law, Creditors Rights, Criminal Law, Divorce, and VA Civil Procedure. 

You know if you were to swap out creditor's rights and put in Equity or Tax, I would be with you. 
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: NoUsername on July 25, 2008, 05:27:14 AM
Tax?  I don't know a single thing about tax, besides the alternative minimum tax.  My materials say that there has never been a straight-out tax question on the VA bar.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: mtfbwy on July 25, 2008, 06:51:08 AM
If tax comes up anywhere, it will be as a sub-issue; neglecting to properly address it won't blow the entire question (though if your answer is weak on the main issues, correctly addressing the tax issue might help to push your answer into passing territory). 

The likely sub-issue: in a family law essay, relating to divorce.  (i) Property settlement/division is a NON-taxable event (i.e., not income to the recipient). (ii) Child support payments are not tax deductible by the payor and are not income to the custodial parent. (iii) Alimony/spousal support (must be cash, not property) is income to the recipient and is deductible by the payor.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: kilroy55 on July 25, 2008, 07:55:16 AM
Tax?  I don't know a single thing about tax, besides the alternative minimum tax.  My materials say that there has never been a straight-out tax question on the VA bar.

Yeah, but tax is so easy.  I am actually not sure about that crap barbri put out during the essay advantage sessions.  They said there hadn't been a straight out tax question in years, but the essay questions from the bar had dates in the questions that were late 90s and early 2000s with tax issues.  I'm just not putting a lot of stock in their spreadsheet.  Although, I didn't study tax heavily.  Only about an hour.  I'm pretty confident there will not be a straight tax question, but I would not be surprised to see questions related to alimony, corporate or partnership tax treatment.  Stuff like that. 

But, shoot me if there is a creditor's rights question because I'm totally screwed.  Good luck to you!  Enjoy Roanoke.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: MiamiHurricane on July 25, 2008, 09:54:25 AM
I wouldn't mind a personal property question either.  I would gladly give up creditor's rights for one of those.
Title: Re: Prayers for the Bar Exam
Post by: jacy85 on July 27, 2008, 07:30:04 PM
New prayer:

I pray that my laptop doesn't fail on Tuesday during the essay portion of the exam.  And I pray that if it does fail, that it's not a problem with my hard drive so my exam answers can still be pulled off and saved.