kaiser wrote:joban224 wrote:How are fellow NY takers feeling? Apparently BarBri essay graders are much stricter than the Bar Examiners? --i.e., if you were getting 4's, on the real thing it's no less than a 5 and likely a 6.
Thats what I've heard. And now that I look back at BarBri's sample essays, it seems like 4's aren't even all that good an an answer anyway. I feel like, just by noting the right issues, with just some baseline discussion, you get a 5. Add in some supplementary points (i.e. noting viable exceptions, saying the summary judgment standard if its a motion for SJ, etc.) and I think it would be very hard to get below a 5.
I've also found that the released questions are easier than the barbri-written ones. So even if the grading rubric is roughly the same on the real questions, it's easier to hit every or almost every issue on the real thing because they're all questions on major topics, whereas on the barbri questions there's often some bizarre exception to the exception to the exception that wasn't covered in lecture.