Thursday, February 7, 2008

Eighteen (18) Days

Including scheduled interruptions, that's, very roughly, one subject per day.

And I've got to fit MBEs and PTs in there as well.

My days look like this:
  • 25-50 MBEs in the morning, then write out the rule on the ones I missed.

  • Issue spot, outline, then write at least 5 essays in that day's subject.

  • Outline one PT completely, then write two per week (pick a day, any day).
Some days are going to go well, others are not. But I have to get it done.

Like Yoda said, "Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."

So, doing, I am.


Anonymous said...

GP, like yourself, I am in crunch time for the february bar...your approach seems pretty consistent with what I am doing. Best wishes in your time of preparation and most importantly during the bar. This will be a successful year for all of us!

Anonymous said...

GP--sounds like a good plan. Good luck!

Leslie said...

Ah, another 50-ish person on this quest... I am sitting for the 3rd time. I have the added frustration of being a lawyer in good standing with numerous successes and clients who love me for over 25 years in two other jurisdictions.

This time, I hired a private tutor. I have written almost 70 essays since Christmas. I am ready to smash every glass in my house. I wish I smoked. Do I feel prepared? Of course not.

Gina said...

have you ever attended Holtz PT workshop? I am studying for the CA bar in the east coast and wasn't able to attend his lecture. If you have any tips from his workshop, please share! thanks & good luck

Holden said...

Updated predictions:

Leslie said...

If anyone has time, would you clue me in on the "seven CA distinctions" in Civ Pro? I'm finding a lot more. If you have been taught that there are seven, please share if you take a break and can't think of anything else to do. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

From CaliforniaBound-- GP, I'm thinking about you and sending "you are going to kick a***" thoughts your way...

The Grand Poobah said...

Alrighty then… some comments on the comments. I’ve not been as attentive to this blog as I was the first time around. I think that’s because I sense that it’s not as important. What a revelation, eh? Anyway …

Anon: Thanks. I hope we’re both doing the right thing. Best of luck to you as well!

Anon: Ditto above.

Leslie: 50-ish is right. I have to pass this time or my “I’ll be 50 when I get the news that I passed …” prediction will be moot. Congrats on having already passed in the other jurisdictions (I’m guessing, NY and NJ?) I know someone who has done that and is now on her third (or fourth) attempt at the CA bar. Because you’re already a successful attorney on other states it shows how tough this exam is. Best of luck to both of us this time around!

Gina: Speaking of Holtz, I attended his one-day seminar last Sunday. I can’t say enough good things about his program. Literally! I can’t say them because we sign a non-disclosure agreement up-front. But I will say what I’ve said before about what he teaches … his system is a bit complex, but if/when you get a handle on it, it makes the PT much more do-able. And as an added bonus, John’s a great guy. I don’t know him outside of the classroom, but I’m a pretty good judge of character, and John’s quite a character! Thank you! Thank you very much! I’m here until Thursday! Try the Salisbury Steak and don’t forget to tip your waiter!

Seriously though, John’s a very nice guy and he seriously cares about how we do on the exam. I talked to him on the Sunday before, and the Wednesday of, the July exam. He did his best to help me prepare for each of the PTs. The fact that I didn’t do as well as I might have was my fault entirely.

If, for some unfortunate reason, you have to take this exam again, I recommend his program.

Holden: Very good. Post that, I will. Thanks for the effort.

Leslie: Seven distinctions? Would that it were so simple. There was a chart going around before the July exam that showed the differences. Check my profile and shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send you a copy.

CaliforniaBound: Much! Thanks very Much! I’m practicing my kick as we speak! (;-)>