But first, a comment. I have been true to my promise that I wouldn't read the comments. I stopped having them sent to my email and, as you can tell from the lack of posts, I haven't been here much over the past five weeks or so. Just the occasional short post, then out.
I suspect there has been some encouragement, and I very much appreciate that, even though I haven't read the exact words. And I hope there hasn't been much negativity. My guess is that the number of negative posts has decreased because most of those people get enjoyment when they cause angst and anguish and it's no fun when your target isn't paying attention. Which is why I've pretty much ignored them in the past - not reading the comments at all is merely taking that practice to the extreme.
But on to my final thought ...
If I've learned one thing these past few years, it's that the number of people who have taken the bar exam two or more times is hugely greater than the number of people who passed on their first attempt. As such, if this is your second or third attempt (or seventh!) waste no mental energy on lamenting that fact. You are in very good company. People fail this exam for many different reasons, most of which are as unique as the person struggling through them. As for me, the challenges I've endured are mostly over, but now I find that my recollection of the law (you know, that stuff we learned in law school) has deteriorated, and not just a little bit. As a result, as confident as I am that I'm going to pass this thing, the reality of the situation has tempered my expectations a bit.
HOWEVER, knowledge is power. And I'm going to use this knowledge to improve my chances in February of 2011. My plan is simply to keep studying after this exam is over. I'll take the weekend off, but come Monday I'll start to rebuild the solid foundation of law that existed back in June of 2007 when I graduated from law school. I'm going to build outlines and flash cards from scratch, just like I did way back when.
I've also had the benefit of getting some excellent technical advice on my writing (Thanks, Michael and Andrew and Steve!) - advice I wasn't able to implement completely before this exam, but which will be an integral part of my reconstructed foundation.
Notwithstanding all that, however, I'm still cramming for this exam. And despite all I wrote above, I'm still hoping for good news in November. Even though I've forgotten much, I still remember quite a bit, and there's a reasonable chance that the make-up of this exam could overlay nicely the areas in which I'm still fairly strong. Hey, I'm still here, right? I'm writing this between the 100 MBEs I did this morning and the essays I'm going to write after this is posted.
So, best of luck to all takers - both first-timers and (especially) all of us repeaters!
To very loosely paraphrase the time honored maxim of Equity, "If it can be done, it will be done" (and it certainly can be done!)*
And now, there's a dragon out there that needs slaying. Lets git 'er done!
(* "Equity looks upon that as done which ought to have been done.")