Today while I was driving to my office, with the windows down, I got that feeling that I usually get this time of year. Spring is about to spring, the air is fresh and clean, the sun is shining but the air is still cool, and a gentle breeze is stirring the air, all of which promises a warm day that is not too warm. In other words, a typical wonderful February day in Southern California.
Right after that feeling passed through me, I felt an unrelated wave of relief wash over me as I realized that I was not heading into the office to study for the February 2013 bar exam.
Can life get any better?
Probably, but not much. At least, not for the foreseeable future.
For those of you who are indeed hunkered down studying for the upcoming exam, there IS light at the end of the tunnel. I am living proof of that fact. Hang in there, keep the faith, don't lose hope, don't succumb to the overwhelming pressure, and above all, KNOW that you can pass this thing.
Because you CAN pass. You do know the law. You DO know the issues. You DO know how to break the issue down into its composite rules/elements. And you DO know which facts belong to which elements. All you have to do now is to quickly and logically analyze the relationship between the facts and their elements and do so in a lawyer-like manner.
Trust me when I say that there are many lawyers out there currently practicing law that can't do it as well as you can right now. At this very moment, even before you've sat down on Tuesday morning, you are a better lawyer than many who are currently practicing law. All you need to do is show the grader that know what you are talking about and that you are comfortable doing so.
As you write your answer, pretend you are sitting in your office explaining the legal aspects of a client's case to him/her. He or she wants to focus on the personal and emotional facets of their situation but you must disregard all of that and tell them what their case really boils down to legally, without all the rest of their emotional baggage mucking up their perception of the situation.
Imagine how comfortable you are when you're talking to this client, and talk to the grader the same way. Do that, and you're good to go.