Tuesday, February 26, 2013

And Today's Mystery Guest Is ...

... The pregnant woman who is right now, at this very moment, taking the New Mexico Bar Exam!

Wow.  I've heard stories from many of you about the stress, and trials and tribulations, related to preparing for and taking a bar exam, but I can't imagine how distracting it must be to take it while pregnant.  Of course I can't imagine much of anything related to being pregnant, but one thing I did enjoy during the many bar exams I sat for was being able to "hold my water", so to speak.  I hope the proctors give you extra breaks!  When my wife was pregnant, and we were out of the house, I had the task of mapping out the locations of each and every McDonald's in whatever area we were traveling.  :)

So kudos to you, Mystery Pregnant New Mexico Bar Exam Candidate!  And to all of the other women who are taking this exam with just a little bit more (a lot more?) pressure than us guys ever did.  And I'm not just talking about mental pressure!  ;)

Oh, and by the way, best of luck to my good friend Jonathan Kramer, who is also sitting for the New Mexico Bar Exam at this very moment!  You 'da man, Jonathan!


Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq. said...

We both thank you, GP! -13945

Karen said...

Poohbah! Thanks for the shout-out. Not sure if you'd remember me, but I had the irrationalbasis blog back for the 2007/2008 CA bar. i didn't pass the first time, and your blog was definitely a source of info & inspiration. SO SO SO SO SO SO SO happy that all your CA bar exam days are over :) i know my blog had the most hits on the day the results came out, so I can only imagine that your blog must have been insane that day. Judging by all the comments you always got, you've had quite the following!

The Grand Poobah said...

Hey Karen, of course I remember you! Those were the glory days of CA Bar Exam Blogging (or at least it seemed like it!)

Congrats on taking the NM Bar Exam. I might do that in the future. I think that's one of the few local states that offer reciprocity to folks like me (and Jonathan) who attended unaccredited law schools.

Anyway, Congrats, on both of your imminent achievements (being a Mommie and a New Mexico Lawyer!)

traumatized said...

do you know what the lowest score is that one can get on an essay question

The Grand Poobah said...

I had heard it's 45, but if one doesn't show up for the exam it might be zero (0).

Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq. said...


I believe in California that 40 is lowest possible score. That said, essentially you have to turn in a blank essay and with a wrong applicant ID to earn that treatment.

Hang in there.


Anonymous said...

Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq. = BIG PUMA!

Go you sexy cat, go!

Karla said...

I took the bar exam when I was pregnant with my second child. I did not have extra breaks. I did not pass, but it was challenging and I am glad I did it. I will take the bar this July and you are an inspiration. I am glad I found your blog.

Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq. said...

Anon 2:32, you crack me up.

Karla, hang in there and good luck in July!


Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq. said...

I'm very pleased to share with all of you that about 2 1/2 hours ago I learned that I passed the New Mexico Bar Exam. Whew! I'll be sworn in on April 30th in Santa Fe.

The Grand Poobah said...

Excellent! Nice job, Doctor Counselor!

Anonymous said...

I took the February CBX as my second attempt. The first time around I missed by 7 points. (Happy I was so close but frustrated enough to want to pull out my hair) That attempt was with a 2.5 year old, hyper boy not wanting his mom to study.
This time I was in my second trimester, big, uncomfortable, and preggo crazy. But this time around my, now 3 year old, gave in and started studying with me. I was also lucky enough to be assigned a location near the restrooms (well, close enough). However, it was strategic calculations on when throughout the exam to go. Ha.
I can honestly say that having these destractions kept me from going insane. As for the exam itself, it felt just as hard (minus the pt exams), time crunched, and crazy as the july 2012. So, I have no idea whether I am close this time or not. I could have done worse than the first time.
I was lucky (or maybe not) enough to have decided to print out all the old exams I could find from extensive online research and read through each and every one of them. It actually scared me the first time I read through one of the essays and it was eerily similar to an old exam.
This wait period kills us all. We all rehash the essay questions over and over in our heads until we convince ourselves that we screwed up so bad there is no way we passed. Trust me, we all have a fighting chance. There are so many variables that it is impossible to be sure (unless you didn't write a single word for a single essay; then your screwed). Im putting my eggs into this basket....that hopefully my weak essays are graded right after a horrible (I mean really, really horrible essay. There have got to be a few, right? ). ; )
I wish everyone the best of luck on results day. Don't give up hope!

Anonymous said...

To: J.L.K., Esq.

I passed NM Feb. 2013 Bar after failing Cal. 7 times. Did not even know who Poobah was until my friend was seated next to him for July 2012 CBX. Now, how do I find a job?

From: Adam

Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq. said...

Adam: Sorry I didn't see your comment until now. Congrats on joining me in Santa Fe on 4/30! What a great day that way. As for finding a job, give me a call and let's talk. I may have a few ideas. -Jonathan