Thursday, June 7, 2007

Secret Agent

Okay, she's not secret. She's my study partner. But I read my Agency outline today so this is all about agency.

Anyway, my agent called to tell me that my Torts essay received a "Pass". There were almost no comments on it except for a suggestion to use a more complete definition for a couple of my invasion of privacy rules.

From now on I'm going to try to write them in 45 minutes. I'll take extra time to issue spot and outline it because this is still a learning exercise, but I'll make a serious effort to get it written in something close to test conditions.

My tutor is holding the first of his group classes tonight. Things are starting to get serious. The exam is only 46 days away and I have a lot of work to do.


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calbar blondie said...

Do you mind sharing with us who your tutor is? I am working with someone here in San Diego.
BTW, my new blog is under construction. I finally got the point that I should have my own "space." Comments welcome.

The Grand Poobah said...

It's Paul Phau. His program is called the Cal Bar Tutorial Review
He attracts a lot of repeaters to his program and he's pretty good at getting them through. What I like about him is that he will work with you as far in advance of the test as you want. Two of my classmates are working with him now for the Feb '08 exam. He returns phone calls promptly, goes over essays with you over the phone in detail, and helps you plan the study time that you have available. You get much more personal service for about the same price as BarBri.

calbar blondie said...

I've spoken with Paul(prior to Feb 07). He's very nice, and I know he has an excellent record. My only problem with the whole tutor-by-phone thing was that I felt I needed the in-person connection if I was to hire a tutor for this July. I did find one locally, and hired her last week. She works solely with repeaters from a local ABA law school (which I did not graduate from-I went the "non-traditional" route), but agreed to work with me.
So you are doing the Barbri in-class general course in addition to Paul? I am sure you do not have time for much else!

The Grand Poobah said...

Hey Calbar Blondie,

I, too, went the non-traditional route for law school. What with the family and the 55 hours a week I spent at work and commuting, not to mention the house payment, the traditional program just wasn't feasible.

Because I was a BarBri rep at my school, they provided me their bar prep program free of charge. I'm using them for the up-to-date study materials, the writing workshops, essay critiques, and to fill in any gaps in my study schedule (lol, gaps).

That left me the option to spend the cash I saved on BarBri on another tutor. I chose Paul because he had the local classes in addition to the personal phone coaching. Despite the fact that he's very good, I don't think I would have picked him if I had to do all of my communications by phone.

I think immediate personal feedback is critical to building an effective essay writing style at this late date. You made the right choice.