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I Passed....but The Bar Exam is Still a Bitch
I took the Bar Exam more than once, several times actually, and lived to tell the tale....retakers take heart...the bar is a bitch...but not impossible...
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Little things mean a lot.....
The memory work is going fairly well on my end.....I'm into my second round of memorizing my little florescent yellow flashcards....so pretty much I sit at a table from 8:30 in the morning till 5:30 at night and write and rewrite these rules....in the hopes that I will be able to summon them during crunch time.....I take off an hour for dinner and then hop back to it till 10:30....this is really the only week I've done things so extreme.....but no pain....no gain, baby cakes.....

I do feel guilty about all the time I spend on this bar crap if you can believe it, probably not if you don't have kids....but my own little munchkin is now four and believes my "job" is taking the "barbazaam"......she is slightly bewildered about the little yellow cards....but really likes the smiley faces I can draw on the dry erase board when she comes for intermittent visits to the porch where I study all day.... ummm yes.....I do have a sitter before you call DSS for TPR ok?

In spite of all the memorization, and lovely little yellow cards....I am resigned to the fact that some of it will still fly right of my head....oh the pressure of it all.....I will fight the urge to write really ridiculous commentary on my essay instead.....last test I think I wrote that when the atty is unsure....it is always best to check the statute for clarification.....my own way of quietly lashing out at a bar that actually thinks it ok to expect that we have all the rules of civil procedure in our heads by number.....in my world.....as long as you know how to find it....you're golden.....

Even so.....no matter what one or two minor things we manage to forget come essay day.....that is what this final week of prep time is all about....it is super short term memory week baby....the best time to be filling your sponge-like brain full of things that you will have absolutely no recollection of in two weeks time.....this is prime time to be going over the things that you miss on MBE's, looking over outlines in each subject, and of course memorizing your black letter along with whatever approaches you might use for essays....you will amaze yourself with how much you retain this week....I know this for certain....I've done it a few times..... :)

what I didn't know for certain....is when my baby girl took two handfuls of my sports bra tonight and said....mommy.....am I going to have these things too?.....was what exactly was the appropriate response? yes.....little things mean a lot....comic relief during bar prep....priceless.....
posted by Bar Bitch @ 5:10 PM  
6 Comments:
  • At 1:44 PM, July 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bitch, I'm starting to get real nervous about next Tuesday.

     
  • At 5:33 PM, July 17, 2006, Blogger Bar Bitch said…

    Ahhh....nerves....tell me why?...its a big test yes....but what is it that you are feeling nervous about today?

     
  • At 12:44 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger 4L done with the bar (hopefully for ever) said…

    If I've been doing essays all summer, and have the format down pat, do you think it's a bad idea to just memorize black letter law until Tuesday, while delving into MBE's in the mornings? I finally finished putting all the law I meant to memorize into small sheets for easy viewing... What do you think?

     
  • At 5:39 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Bar Bitch said…

    Hey 4L....want to say thanks for asking my opinion....it seems to me that you are confident in your approach which I think will count for a lot

    I think your plan sounds solid...as long as you are doing something active with that memorizing...not just viewing?

    the only other thing I caution against is studying up to the absolute wire...a lot of people I know try to do something relaxing on Sunday if they can...spa, movie, something...instead of getting themselves wound up tighter than hell you know?

    I think you will kick ass!!!

     
  • At 12:22 AM, July 21, 2006, Blogger 4L done with the bar (hopefully for ever) said…

    Thanks you'r the sweetest! I actually did the dry erase board thing today, pursuant to your instructions!! The people in the library were all trying to figure out what I was doing - it was so funny. But like you imply, if I don't actively write, recite, and rewrite the law, it won't stick.

    Look me up if ever in Chicago. And good luck to you next week- let us know how it goes!

     
  • At 2:23 PM, July 21, 2006, Blogger Bar Bitch said…

    Right back at you 4L!!!! best of luck sweetie!!!

    I'm gonna have to start a nationwide tour...."I flunked the bar, but finally passed...come meet me...."

    glad that dry erase works for ya, just don't get high off those fumes...we're so close to the test now...

     
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