AMCD wrote:OK, don't know if my brain is just fried at this point, but today I tried doing three practice essays: contracts #6, property #6 and crim. #5 (never did it before and wanted to send it in.) Screwed up BIG TIME on the issues on the contracts essay -- writing about formation etc. when it wasn't even at issue. Didn't reach the same conclusions as the Barbri answers on ANY issue with the contract. The property. Well, I don't know if anyone has done it or has the time to look at it but I wanted to vomit when I read the fact pattern. I misunderstood: "to the survivor of them" to mean to children, issue etc. and one of the two life tenants had a child. It meant whichever of the two life tenants survived. Went on to do the entire analysis wrong b/c I found there was title in the wrong person and it just fell apart from there. I don't know at this point if I should just issue spot and outline, or do more. I think the Barbri answers are incredibly long that they are unreasonable, but when I compare my answers to their answers I just can't help thinking I am way too deficient in the way I am responding.
Thank you for letting me vent. The crim one went fine except I had to shorten analysis on the minor issues to finish in time and Barbri went on for pages!
Just feeling at a loss at this point and everyone around me (spouse and family) is telling me to just not take the exam and chill! Doing CA by the way.
you are fine. just outline 5 essays a day. by outline i mean issue spot and outline all the analysis you would do with the facts. don't need to write out full sentences on all of them, maybe for 1 or 2 a day since you mentioned you ran out of time so you could use some practice fitting it into the time.
if you do this you will have outlined 70 essays by the saturday before the exam and fully written out 28. still easy to pass, since it sounds like you are on track with MBE (keep doing 50 mbe's a day to keep your memory up, should only take 1.5 hours).
1.5 hours on 50 MBEs, .5 hours review wrong answer
3 hours fully write out 2 essays and review 2 answers
2.5 hours outline 3 essays (including analysis) and review answers
that's only 7.5 hours a day of solid work. add in time to get distracted and maybe watch some review vids. we sitll have a LOT of time left and you sound like you just had one bad essay, nothing to worry about. i bet you won't miss that formation / joint tenancy issue if you see it on the exam. failing now is the whole point of studying. if you could pass today you wouldn't need to study...