sparty99 wrote: MACK wrote:
For those of you who passed the IL bar exam, what is the secert to success? I'm planning to take the exam in February for the first time. Seeing the bar exam results and the drastic drop in the pass rate in July (see Chicago Law Bulletin article below) is a little disconcerting.
State bar exam pass rate drops to 80.9http://chicagolawbulletin.com/Articles/ ... 11-12.aspx
How did y'all handle those 15 Illinois subjects. Like WTF.
It is important to contemplate the scope of the Illinois exam. It just so happens for IL that the MBE is worth 50%, unlike some other states, and about half of the essay scoring involves MBE-related subjects. So, yeah. You know what you have to do with those subjects. Also, as you study for the MBE itself, it is partly killing 2 birds with one stone because it helps prepare for the essays involving MBE subjects. And vice versa for reading through MBE subject outlines carefully/making your own. If you really buckle down on civ pro, 2 crims, contracts, torts, evidence, con law, property, that is a pretty big deal. Going hard on the MBE will be a worthwhile benefit (and that includes studying those subjects' outlines in addition to drilling the practice MBE questions), and then of course put forth a good effort to cover the bases for the other essays. Don't be impoverished on those subjects, but certainly weigh the MBE subjects the most in my opinion. For the commercial class you take, pretty much just do what it says. For mine, I had a calender with instructions. I merely followed it. Not confident enough or creative enough to be a hero. I did what I was told. Do what you are assigned every day (namely working on subjects you are supposed to study, you don't have to necessarily finish). I went to the class every day, and I personally studied on average 6 hours a day outside of class; I liked to take a nap and then study after an early dinner until I stopped around midnight. Some studied way more, some less. I was able to do 60% of what I was assigned, but it was a good faith effort and covering nearly all bases (obviously not going as in depth as many other people; if you can get a much higher percentage (while keeping the same quality of production), do it). In terms of the number of MBE practice questions, I estimate that I did 1,200. Be very thorough when reading the answers afterword, as that is stuff you will remember going forward and in my opinion what helped me the most for the test. Also, find the common acronyms for many subjects. They're google-able or will be taught to you. Memorizing those really is an advantage, as well. No need to think you're above using acronyms. I made outlines for some subjects, and I was fine with reading/actively reading for other subjects in which I did not have time to make on my own. A way to put odds largely in your favor is to study every single day because some people really just won't/can't, leave some free time for yourself, and have fun, because it's really not a bad experience -- just the wait after the test is. If you tried really hard and especially took the MBE seriously while not ignoring the other subjects, you are in good shape. Stats show the most favored other subjects for essays are secured transactions (on mine), equity (on mine), wills (yeah I was mad I wasted a lot of times with wills, not on it!), trusts (not on it, phew), civ pro (on all of them), agency/corporations (on mine). Best of luck.