Monday, November 23, 2015

Congrats to Those Who Received Good News Last Friday!

I heard that another few friends of friends I referred to Jason, passed this last exam.  Yay for them!

And for those of you who who are still struggling, the path is clear.  You now know where to go, who to call, to get you over that elusive 1440 mark.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

I Was Asked to Comment About the New Two-Day Bar Exam Format, So ....

The CA Bar Exam is going to be shortened to two days starting July 2017?  Yeah, well, what can I say?  The fact that the the State Bar decided to shorten the Bar Exam from three days to two days obviously does not impact me at all, but I am curious about the format for the new Performance Exams.  I suppose they're going to be using the Multi-State Performance Exams (MPTs) that are common in other states.

When I was studying for the exam I remember seeing the 90-minute exams discussed in the commercial study guides I bought, and wondered how rigorous they could be.  I imagined they were nothing more than a glorified essay, but I suspect they're actually quite different because, after all, they're measuring "performance" in a real-world scenario.  I don't really know though because I never looked closely at one.

I've read some of the commentary about the new format and it appears the State Bar is determined to keep California at the top of the difficulty scale, so they're going to have to do something to keep the "bar" for admission as high as it currently is.  If I was really interested in the new format, I would dive into the MPT issue by doing some of them.   But as busy as I am with the work I currently have, I'm not really that interested.

I read in the latest edition of the California Bar eJournal that one of the motivating factors for the change was cost.  The new format will save the State Bar about $1.1 million dollars annually.  I can't imagine though that this was the primary reason for the change (but I could be wrong!)

Another reason given was that they wanted to put California in line with the other state's bar exams. Someone commented that this would reduce the "rigorous" nature of the exam, and the reply was that it is not intended to be an endurance test, but simply a minimum competency test for knowledge of the law.  I suppose this is valid, and I'm sure the reason some of the people have failed was that they were burned out by the third day.

Some of my peers have already been talking about how they are going to needle people who pass the "easy two-day" bar exam, while "real lawyers" had to pass the "horrible, no good, very rotten" three-day exam.  But knowing these people as I do, all of this will be done with a sense of humor.

Personally, I don't think it would make a difference which version of the exam I was taking.  But with all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the exam, I know I would be distracted by the thought of all the ways the State Bar could make the new format even more difficult.

It's all theoretical though until July 2017.  We should begin to get a picture of the new testing requirements during the preparation period leading up to July 2017, and then everyone will be curious to see the Released Answers.  And, of course, the pass rate.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Great News! (for me, anyway)

Got a regular paying gig again.  :)

And I just realized that today is the first day of the July 2015 CA Bar Exam!  Yippee for all of you taking it! 

Hang in there.  Two days to go.  Study your MBEs tonight. 

And I want to make a comment about this profession.  There are a lot (A LOT!) of attorneys who are fargin' ice-holes (Johnny Dangerously quote).  Don't be one. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

And The Beat Goes On ...

In case anyone is interested (and I'm not sure anyone is!), my tenure as a "Litigation Attorney" has come to an end.  The client decided it was no longer financially prudent to sue his customers so he stopped filing suits against them.  Good for him, bad for me.  As such, I'm trying to meet my own financial obligations by doing contract work, and I'm talking with a couple of other attorneys about starting our own small firm. 

Tough times, but it should be easier to endure as an attorney than it was as an "attorney candidate!" 

Good luck to those of you studying for the July 2015 exam.  Keep your head down, limit distractions, and know in your heart that you CAN pass this thing! 

Cheers!   GP

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Other Day a Newly Admitted Attorney Asked Me a Question About ...

... how to find a job.  She went to an out-of-state law school and so has no local network of law school buddies or attorney friends to help her out in her search for gainful employment.  She has an LLM in taxation so she definitely has skills, she just lacks a network in CA to help her find a job. 

And did I mention that she speaks three languages?  If I didn't, let me tell you that she speaks three languages.  I don't know what those languages are, but I suspect they're useful in California (i.e., not Portuguese, Latin, or the Language of the Ancients.)

So, if anyone has any useful suggestions on how a newly admitted attorney, who speaks three languages, and who has an LLM in taxation, can go about finding a job around these here parts, please leave them in the comments.

Your sage advice is muchly appreciated!

GP, Esq!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Congratulations To My Buddy and Overqualified Paralegal, Larry!

He Killed it DEAD!

And Thanks Very Much to Jason Tolerico!  Larry finally got it done (after four (or five)) attempts, after taking Jason's class.

Larry Killed the Bar Exam, and Jason is da' BOMB!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good Luck Everyone!

Especially to my buddy and overqualified paralegal, Larry!  Kill it Dead, Larry!  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Congratulations To All Of You Who ...

... made it through the July 2014 CA Bar Exam!  May the "Luck O' the GP" be with you when your answers are assigned to happy graders!

As for me, my career path has changed yet again.  A couple of months ago I was offered a position with a small firm as a Litigation Attorney, handling civil complaints for the firm's primary client.  The client is a medium-size business, and I've been tasked with filing cases against its customers who have breached their contracts.  I've been very busy over the past couple of months and I'm going to be much busier soon as these cases churn their way through the courts.  Exciting, it is! 

I'll pop in from time to time with comments and opinions about ... stuff.   Mostly about the Bar Exam, and a little bit about my law practice.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Feedback on Jason's Outlines, Anyone?

For those of you who availed yourself of Jason's Free Outline Offer, remember that you promised to come back here and post a comment on what you thought about them. 

The offer has been in effect since May 1st and I've only seen one comment.  I don't know how many people have requested and received the outlines but I suspect it's more than one (1)!

C'mon everyone!  Wossamotta U

The July exam is only still almost two months out.  You have plenty of time to prepare but you need to be diligent.  If you've received Jason's outlines but haven't opened them then you need to get busy! 

One month from now you'll wish you had heeded my advice.  There's nothing worse than realizing the Bar Exam is only three weeks out but you still have six weeks worth of material to cover. Trust me on this.  I've been there.