I sure hope I was just getting warmed up today because I sure felt slow out of the gate. The issues on the essays seemed familiar, but they also seemed odd. Why is it that they always try to push us off balance? Oh yeah, I remember now ...
I made an effort to keep my wild-issue analysis to a minimum, but, as a result, I feel like I gave everything short shrift. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. On bar exams past, I've usually felt like I covered all the possible bases, but then I got low scores. This time, I kept my wanderlust in check and stayed on what I perceived to be the beaten path. At least, I did until I got to that Evidence essay. Crimony, that was a racehorse.
Was it just me, or were there not so many California distinctions on today's essays? I know the PR essay asked to answer according to California rules (didn't it?) but I didn't see many differences in the way the issues played out. And on the Evidence essay, same thing. I saw few differences between the results if the federal or California rules applied. Or, maybe it was just that I didn't think federal because they asked California.
And that PT was ... tough for me to wrap my brain around.
Usually as time starts to pass you hear people getting up to speed on their keyboards as they build their outline and start to flesh out their answer. This usually starts at about the 30-minute mark and by the time the first hour is gone everyone is pecking away furiously. Not today.
I forgot to put my earplugs in at the start and I didn't think about it until almost 60 minutes had gone by. I remember thinking to myself, "Geez, it's awfully quiet in here." Then at 90 minutes, same thing. Shortly after that was when it started to get noisy. Funny thing was, I wasn't typing either. I had such a difficult time trying to figure out what it was they wanted. I finally got a grip with about 75 minutes left and spent the rest of the time typing furiously.
I think I built a complete answer, but it was thin in parts. Especially towards the end.
But I got my conclusion in there. (;-)>
At least I can relax a bit tomorrow. Me and the MBEs, we're good friends.