A discussion on the California Bar Exam Primer Yahoo Group talked about the Community Property question from the last day of the exam. It's funny how I think that the memory of those days has left my brain completely, but then when someone asks a question I enter a time warp where I can see the question and do a pretty good job of recalling what I was thinking at the time.
The human brain is an amazing thing. I remember when I started school at the age of 45 and I wondered if I could handle the rigors of any type of school again, let alone law school. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my mental faculties still operated quite efficiently, thank you. When I was in my teens I wondered what life would be like for me after the millennium when I was an "old person". How funny that was. When you're young, you think that you'll feel older as you age. I do feel a bit older but it's only as a result of being physically older. Mentally, I'm just a wise and experienced 25 year old. And let me tell you, I'm glad to have the experience. It's of immense value. I just wish there was some way to get the experience without actually having to go through the "experience" part. (;-)>
It turns out that age in and of itself is not as much of an issue as I had anticipated. A couple of my friends from class passed the February exam, with it's 36.8% pass rate, and they were 7 and 12 years older than me. They'll make great attorneys but they'll not be doing the long hours for the big law firms.
Do you want to torture yourself? Vivian Dempsey recently posted her interpretation of what a model answer should look like for the CrimLaw/ConLaw question from day 3.
I just spent an hour going over my blog posts and the accompanying comments from the week of the exam. Whatever confidence I may have ginned up in myself over the last three months is now officially gone. During the intervening months, I've attempted to recall how I answered the exam questions in discussions I've had with others who took the exam. And I've also looked at the questions a couple of time since they were released. Now, when I read my recollections about my answers from those days, I get sick.
Fork a stick in me. Done, I am.
Please pass the tekillya.