Anon 8:35: LOL! Crack me up, you do! I know that your sentiment applies to all of us here, not just me. None of us are going to let the freakin' Committee of Bar Examiners tell us that we can't practice law in California.
This weekend is going to be difficult for a lot of good people who are eventually going to be very good lawyers. The State Bar lets us take the exam until we pass for a good reason. They recognize that the essence of a good lawyer is not measured solely by how many time it takes us to pass the bar exam.
I'll bet that the statistics would show, if anyone has compiled them, that first time passers are disbarred at a greater rate than multiple takers. By that statement I don't mean to cast doubt on the integrity of first-time passers; many of my closest friends are first-time passers. (;-)> In fact, if I ever pass this thing, I'm going to join up with my buddy Paul to form our own little law firm and he was a first-time passer (the bastard!) I'm also going to work with Jonathan Kramer who was a multiple taker like myself. Jonathan persevered and won out over the odds, as will we.
We can't give these little setbacks more control over our lives than they deserve. There is nothing wrong with our exam-taking skills. We should not attempt to adjust our program. We control our analysis. If we wish to make it more broadly applicable, we will explain how the issue and the rule apply to the facts. If we wish to make it more specific, we will cite the appropriate precedent. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the answer, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the three hour session, we will sit quietly and control all that we see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with our exam-taking skills. We are participating in a great adventure. We are experiencing the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... Passage of the California Bar Exam!
Okay, so I plagiarized the Outer Limits opening commentary just a bit there. That doesn't make it any less applicable. The only limits to what we can accomplish are those which we place upon ourselves.
Seriously. The sky is the limit. Push hard. Now.