TxBarTaker09 wrote:Corgis, if you are missing on essays, that is great news because you can make up a ton of ground on that. I don't know if you are eligible for formal review, do the formal review. You will get to sit down with the essay writers and they will help you out a good deal to understand what they are looking for. They even usually have very helpful handouts.
If you are not eligible for formal review, do the informal review so you can at least get some notes on the essays.
12 points on essays is no problem, you can get that back, luckily the turn around time between the Feb. bar and the study time for July bar is pretty quick, so you can just hit it again, but you'll get it next time for sure!
I am not eligible for a formal review since it's my first time taking the Texas bar. I'm actually an out of state taker....I flew to Texas and spent the week there to take the bar. Considering I only had 2 months to learn Texas law and I work full-time I'm very proud of myself. Two of my essays scored in the 97 percentile but I absolutely bombed 3 which really dragged on my score (they were all TX law questions). All in all I can't complain and I appreciate your help. Do you have any recommendations on studying for the TX essays without buying more materials? I did most of Themis..
Yes, study the outlines, do tons of practice essays. This last time I didn't waste any time watching lectures or doing "graded" essays, I studied the outlines and did old essays that were available in my materials, or I went online to the BLE website and just methodically went through the old essay questions. I lot of essay topics are repeated (especially Oil and Gas, Family Law, and Wills and Estates) so you can get a feel for what the bar examiners are likely to ask you. Also, keep in mind on Texas Essays they are going to ask you Texas-centric questions, even on the more broad questions like Family Law, so worry about the things that makes Texas unique in any particular area of law (not necessarily Oil and Gas though, because that whole subject is Texas focused.)
Finally, and I'm sure you know this because you did very well on multiple essays, I was told by the bar examiners when I went in for a formal review that they don't waste fact patterns, so give every fact they give you it's due diligence.
Hope that helps!