Friday, July 27, 2007

Bar exam

Well, that was a hoot. During the morning session on Tuesday I actually booked my hotel for February. Just in case.

There will always be bar exam horror stories, whether it's your MBE answer sheet disappearing or your computer eating your essays. To the best of my knowledge, we didn't have any systemic failures like that in Ohio (at least, not yet).

But we did have two minor incidents. You know how you're not allowed to take apart the MBE book? Well one girl tore the two blank sheets out of the back. Her answer sheet was immediately confiscated and she was told not to come back.

The other one was a lot more fun. In Ohio, like in many states I assume, we have to give a full set of fingerprints when we register as a candidate for admission. And when we got our bar exam info from the Supreme Court two weeks ago we got a notice that we would have to give a fingerprint on at least one of the three days during the test. So on the first day, there was ink and a card on every table, and we all had to give our right index finger. No big deal. The second day we had to do it again. Well, they picked up our cards and we started the MBE. Then little bit later they came back to one guy's table and made him give a full set of fingerprints. About fifteen minutes later, they came back for the guy and unceremoniously escorted him out. Apparently they have computers on site to scan the cards, and obviously his didn't match.

I have two questions here. First, is there someone out there who is a professional MBE taker? What an awful job. How much do you think that service goes for? Second, when you are told in advance that you will be fingerprinted, and then you show up on exam day and the fingerprint material is there on your table, how the heck do you not abandon your plan? What on Earth makes you think it's a good idea to call the bluff of the Supreme Court of Ohio? Have you not been going through this application process for 22 months? Do you not grasp how ridiculously anal they are about this stuff? What is wrong with these people?

On the plus side--hey, that's two down as far as I'm concerned. I only need to outscore a few hundred more.

UPDATE: I have heard this story from several people, but the details are sketchy and unverified. Allegedly a few years ago in Ohio, someone had a heart attack either right before or right after the exam started for the day. The proctors asked around if anyone was a doctor, and of course a couple of people were, and one doctor stabilized the poor guy until an ambulance arrived. Meanwhile, the proctors apparently started the exam for the other thousand-odd applicants, and the good Samaritan lost about a half an hour. He petitioned for extra time, but were denied, and failed the exam. Allegedly. If anyone can verify that I would really like to hear details.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Welp, it's about that time

Bar exam starts Tuesday.

Here's the thing about the bar exam. Like most about to take it, I am dreading it. I do not expect it to be a fun experience.

Unlike most about to take it, I haven't killed myself studying for it. That's not because I think I can pass without studying. It's because freaking out like these two just isn't worth it. I have done pretty well in law school, and I'm counting on that to get me through. If it doesn't, it doesn't. I'll try again in February and I'll study more then. But if it does, then I've earned at least an extra month of leisure time that my friends didn't have. High reward, small downside.

Now, on the other hand, it has become abundantly clear at this point that whether I pass or fail will depend entirely on what kind of questions I get. If my contracts essay is on common law, I'll knock it out of the park. If it's on UCC Article 2, I may be in trouble. If the property question is on future interests, RAP, or conveyancing, I'm on easy street. If it's on landlord-tenant law I will need the full time allotment.

So, am I confident that I'm going to pass? Not exactly. But the odds are in my favor, and even though I'm stressed, at least I don't have an ulcer.

In other words . . . see you in February.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


1) Chris Isaak? Messed up the words to the national anthem last night. Come on. Ridiculous.

2) Why the Canadian anthem? Yes, I know that the answer is that the Blue Jays play their home games in Canada, but isn't that a bit silly? If they're going to be playing "O Canada" shouldn't they also be playing "Himno Nacional Mexicano," and "Quisqueyanos valientes" (Dominican Republic), and "Gloria al Bravo Pueblo" (Venezuela), and so on?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bar study?

Sucks, man. Who knew?