We've all heard of those people who could only take the last week or three off right before the exam to study. We've mostly heard these stories in relation to the wonderment of how they did this awful thing but still managed to get a passing score. Well, I'm apparently aspiring to do just that.
I'm in this position because I have to pay the mortgage. All of the supplemental financial resources I relied on during previous bar exam attempts are depleted. I have no choice but to accept any and all work offered to me. Well, that's not exactly right. I am declining some work. But for the most part I'm taking it all and that leaves little time for study. I've had to abandon the illusion that I could keep paying all of my bills while I did this bar exam thing (hey, who really needs a 750+ credit rating anyway?)
When I say "work offered to me" I'm of course referring to my judgment recovery business, but I'm also doing process service. I became a registered process server in November of 2008 as a safety measure in case I didn't pass the July 2008 exam. In hindsight, that was an excellent move. I've been staying busy doing serves for some of my buddies who have passed the exam as well as other people in the judgment recovery business.
I haven't been posting here because I've been very busy, and, as I've said before, I think I've said about all there is to say about the bar-exam-taking process. I don't enjoy talking just to hear myself talk and, contrary to what a few people think, this is not an ego trip for me (that should be painfully obvious).
Actually, I am getting a little studying done here and there. I'm mostly focusing on the PTs. My plan is to become very good at the PTs and at the same time not lose my traditional edge on the MBEs and my recently acquired proficiency on the essays. Despite the fact that I haven't been able to practice as much as I'd like, I still have a pretty high level of confidence that I'm going to pass this time. Delusional? Perhaps. I prefer "Optomistic". Remember, I'm a glass-half-full kinda' guy.
I encourage everyone out there to keep their noses in the books. When I'm not reading I'm listening to lectures, which helps me stay current on the rules. And most important, I believe, is practice. One of the most consistent pieces of advice I've heard during the time I've been doing this is to practice writing as much as you can - essays, PTs, short outlines for memorization. That's what I'm trying to do now. In the next few weeks it's what I'm going to be spending the bulk of my time doing.
Cheers, all. Continue to endeavor to persevere! (;-)>