Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The first thought that passed through my head ...

... when I looked at my Real Property answer was "Who wrote this piece of crap answer?" Then I looked at the first page again to make sure they sent me the correct exams.

The second thought that went through my head was "Holy mackerel! If these piece of crap answers almost got me a passing score, I have no excuse not to pass next time." I also thought that I would have been embarrassed if I had passed and then somehow found out that my answers looked like this.

I can't wait to see the released answers.

And I now realize that I was just making myself feel good by taking 90-120 minutes to write essays in practice. I won't make that mistake this time.


biff said...

Was that your worst one?

The Grand Poobah said...

My lowest scores were on the Agency/Contracts and the Community Property essays. I got a 55 on both.

On the Contract essay, I apparently was overzealous in my search for the new material and gave too much weight to the Agency part to the detriment of the Contract issues.

On the CP essay, I'll have to look at the released answer to see what they wanted. My answer was short but I thought I hit all the issues.

My best score (65) was on the Torts question and the second PT.

Overall, I averaged a score of 60 on all of the writing, including the PTs. If I had averaged 62.5 I would have passed.

biff said...

I think that property one was my worst one; I did a full contracts analysis on it.

Anonymous said...

While I can understand the desire to denigrate answers that passed or comment on how passers might now be smug, I fail to see how this helps.

I really question the ability to maintain a blog and study. You are way to caught up in talking about this. Reminds me of a friend who had at least ten different bar pass products/gimmicks. Yeah he didn't pass either.

In law school, I did bumkus other then study. No frats, no social crap. No extra curricular of any kind. Law books were my extra curricular. Read and briefed every case. Graduated at the top. When Bar Review came, it was just that, a review. Nothing I had not seen or read before, with one exception (concept of a holder in due course) -- not tested often though is it.

I took Barbri. Made flash cards out of the lecture handouts. Three to four hours a day of making cards, after the morning lecture for each class and after waking at 5 to do the homework for that day. Appoximately 8 to 10 hours of study per day/6 a week. Throughout my study I developed pre canned answers for every possible essay I could see. Did you have a way to start your Landlord Tenant question that summarized dependent and independent covenants. Or I am sure you had the standard law on murder or the community property intro that Barbri gave or both Cal and Fed evidence rules memorized cold or an outline for a free speech question or etc. I wrote my product liability question the night before we got that question. Ok that was luck, but it wasn't luck that I studied every night of the exam, brought my own food, got sleep etc. That was just smart.

Stop writing, whining, calling yourself a pirate or anything else and study. And by the by, people that saw a property question and wrote a contracts answer are making this thing to hard. No question this last go round was not that tough. There were no hidden balls to find. Answer the questions straight forwardly and move on.

Now i suppose you can whine about what i wrote or maybe ... you could use the time to study.

A sworn in critic.

The Grand Poobah said...

Anon: Congratulations! It sounds like you were able to do exactly what you needed to do to pass.

Good luck in the profession and remember that compassion and humility will go a long way towards building a happy client base and a successful career.

Anonymous said...

So much for tough love.

Humility. Ok, note that I am Anon here.

Good luck and work hard.


The Grand Poobah said...

Anon: Well... I don't know what kind of response you expected.

And did you understand that the "piece of crap answers" that I was referring to were my own? I don't think you'll find a disparaging comment about anyone else's answers anywhere on this blog.

It sounds like you had the ideal school environment in which to study and then prepare for the Bar Exam, and you took advantage of it. That's a great deal if you can get it. The environment in which I did all of those things was 180-degrees different from yours.

When I suggest compassion and humility, I mean to say that one should not judge others by what we think we would have done had we been in a similar situation. No two person's lives are the same. Some are very different. It's the old "Walk a mile in another man's shoes" deal.

So while I think I understand your message, it simply doesn't resonate. I believe I would have done the same things you did had I been in your shoes. And I know you would have been hard pressed to do any better than I did if you were in my shoes. Into details, I will not go.

So, seriously, congratulations! Go forth and prosper. And while you're trying to be a good Attorney, don't forget to be a good neighbor as well.

Anonymous said...

White Flag raised on the war on words, hoping you will use the time to study. My point all along.

Good luck.

The Grand Poobah said...

Anon: I guess I wasn't very successful at keeping my emotions out of that last comment. You couldn't have known but your comment touched a raw nerve.

No worries.