And after looking at the answers released by the commercial Bar Prep programs, it's apparently the little things that derailed my answers. I saw the same issues, I just presented them differently.
Exactly the same! But Different!
Be ready for a lot of "Blah"s for the foreseeable future. I'm feeling very blah-like. I suppose that's apparent from the temporary new title.
There were a few positive things to take from my scores. I got a 65 on the second PT and I hit the CA average on the MBEs. My PT from Tuesday however sucked out loud. That's the one where I only allowed myself an hour and 20 minutes to write. I made sure not to do that on the second one and I had almost two hours to write. I suppose that means that I should have gotten a higher score than 65 on it. I can only fault myself for that though because I didn't practice them as diligently as I should have.
And I suppose the same can be said for my essays. For fun, I picked the scoring formula out of the handy-dandy information packet that they include with the failing scores, (There. I said it. I used the F-word.) and placed it in an Excel spreadsheet so I could play with the numbers a bit. There are a couple of ways I could have passed this thing ...
The easiest way would probably have been to raise the average score on my written answers by 2.5 points and answered 4 more MBEs correctly.
On the other hand, leaving my written scores as they are, if I had answered 19 more MBEs correctly I would have been over the magic 1440 barrier.
Or, leaving everything else unchanged, if I had simply gotten an 80 on that last PT instead of a 65, I would have exceeded the required minimum score.
Or, if I had scored a 90 on just one of the essays ..... well, you get the idea.
On a side note .... For those that passed, Congratulations. And to quote Han Solo, "Don't get cocky." One of my Profs related a story about a judge who pestered the State Bar to let him know what his son's passing score was. After about a year, someone at the Bar replied that they're doing everyone a favor by not releasing the passing scores. They said that most successful applicants (who turn into successful attorneys) would freak out (as would their clients) if they knew how close they actually were to not passing. Of course, that's very multiple hearsay and I'm repeating it here mostly to console myself and the rest of us repeaters. But there's a ring of truth to it as well. I don't say this to try to diminish your achievement. After all, I hope to pass by one point in February. It's just that the world could use many (many) more humble lawyers who don't force the Bar to constantly revise it's PR guidelines. And, to put it bluntly, there are way too many arrogant assholes in the field of Law. Like this guy for instance. Again, taking nothing away from your achievement, please try to use a little common sense and maintain the proper perspective.
Wow. I didn't realize that I was on my soapbox until I got up to get something to drink. Almost broke my ankle, I did, stepping off into thin air like that.
And this post is too long and I have too much studying to catch up on. For those who are interested, I'll try to post as regularly this time as I did for the July exam. But because I'm working now, please cut me some slack.
Hasta la later, all!