July 2015 California Bar Exam

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby a male human » Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:46 pm

robinhoodOO wrote:
a male human wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:How do you remember all of this? I flat out cannot state every element for every essay question and don't know how I will be able to in two weeks time.

Some ideas:
- Keep writing them out (i.e., test your recall rather than familiarity)
- Prioritize memorizing ones that show up more by doing and reviewing a lot of essays or outlines thereof
- Understand and paraphrase the concept rather than rote memorize

See also http://barexamtoolbox.com/memorization-simple-1-2-3/


I go to sleep and I start to automatically repeat elements in my head...Am I dying? Pretty sure this is what death feels like...

This is merely purgatory, my friend.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby calbartaker2015 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:35 pm

a male human wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
a male human wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:How do you remember all of this? I flat out cannot state every element for every essay question and don't know how I will be able to in two weeks time.

Some ideas:
- Keep writing them out (i.e., test your recall rather than familiarity)
- Prioritize memorizing ones that show up more by doing and reviewing a lot of essays or outlines thereof
- Understand and paraphrase the concept rather than rote memorize

See also http://barexamtoolbox.com/memorization-simple-1-2-3/


I go to sleep and I start to automatically repeat elements in my head...Am I dying? Pretty sure this is what death feels like...

This is merely purgatory, my friend.



Thanks, it just feels so foreign. LSAT required no memorization. Law school was all open book. I had an outline safety blanket every step of the way. Now I have to have a memory not just logic and it's terrifying to use for the first time in a long time on such a serious test. (Doesn't help that every time I think about my offer letter reading "contingent on passing the bar" I want to vomit.)

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:53 pm

calbartaker2015 wrote:
a male human wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
a male human wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:How do you remember all of this? I flat out cannot state every element for every essay question and don't know how I will be able to in two weeks time.

Some ideas:
- Keep writing them out (i.e., test your recall rather than familiarity)
- Prioritize memorizing ones that show up more by doing and reviewing a lot of essays or outlines thereof
- Understand and paraphrase the concept rather than rote memorize

See also http://barexamtoolbox.com/memorization-simple-1-2-3/


I go to sleep and I start to automatically repeat elements in my head...Am I dying? Pretty sure this is what death feels like...

This is merely purgatory, my friend.



Thanks, it just feels so foreign. LSAT required no memorization. Law school was all open book. I had an outline safety blanket every step of the way. Now I have to have a memory not just logic and it's terrifying to use for the first time in a long time on such a serious test. (Doesn't help that every time I think about my offer letter reading "contingent on passing the bar" I want to vomit.)


If it makes you feel any better, my wife threatened to divorce me if I fail...Can't be certain if she was kidding, but considering that she'd be entitled to substantial community property reimbursement for my education, I'd better not fuck it up haha

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby a male human » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:05 pm

robinhoodOO wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:
a male human wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
a male human wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:How do you remember all of this? I flat out cannot state every element for every essay question and don't know how I will be able to in two weeks time.

Some ideas:
- Keep writing them out (i.e., test your recall rather than familiarity)
- Prioritize memorizing ones that show up more by doing and reviewing a lot of essays or outlines thereof
- Understand and paraphrase the concept rather than rote memorize

See also http://barexamtoolbox.com/memorization-simple-1-2-3/


I go to sleep and I start to automatically repeat elements in my head...Am I dying? Pretty sure this is what death feels like...

This is merely purgatory, my friend.



Thanks, it just feels so foreign. LSAT required no memorization. Law school was all open book. I had an outline safety blanket every step of the way. Now I have to have a memory not just logic and it's terrifying to use for the first time in a long time on such a serious test. (Doesn't help that every time I think about my offer letter reading "contingent on passing the bar" I want to vomit.)


If it makes you feel any better, my wife threatened to divorce me if I fail...Can't be certain if she was kidding, but considering that she'd be entitled to substantial community property reimbursement for my education, I'd better not fuck it up haha

Threat? Sounds like you'd be dodging a bullet if she divorced you for failing the goddamn CA bar, which 50%+ did last July.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:23 pm

a male human wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:
a male human wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
a male human wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:How do you remember all of this? I flat out cannot state every element for every essay question and don't know how I will be able to in two weeks time.

Some ideas:
- Keep writing them out (i.e., test your recall rather than familiarity)
- Prioritize memorizing ones that show up more by doing and reviewing a lot of essays or outlines thereof
- Understand and paraphrase the concept rather than rote memorize

See also http://barexamtoolbox.com/memorization-simple-1-2-3/


I go to sleep and I start to automatically repeat elements in my head...Am I dying? Pretty sure this is what death feels like...

This is merely purgatory, my friend.



Thanks, it just feels so foreign. LSAT required no memorization. Law school was all open book. I had an outline safety blanket every step of the way. Now I have to have a memory not just logic and it's terrifying to use for the first time in a long time on such a serious test. (Doesn't help that every time I think about my offer letter reading "contingent on passing the bar" I want to vomit.)


If it makes you feel any better, my wife threatened to divorce me if I fail...Can't be certain if she was kidding, but considering that she'd be entitled to substantial community property reimbursement for my education, I'd better not fuck it up haha

Threat? Sounds like you'd be dodging a bullet if she divorced you for failing the goddamn CA bar, which 50%+ did last July.


Damned if I do, damned if I don't

P.S. I was being slightly facetious. She certainly said that, but I know she was kidding. Kind of like: No pressure, but: Go get 'em and all that...

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby redblueyellow » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:11 pm

robinhoodOO wrote:P.S. I was being slightly facetious. She certainly said that, but I know she was kidding. Kind of like: No pressure, but: Go get 'em and all that...


ALL THE PRESSURE.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby Calicakes » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:22 pm

calbartaker2015 wrote:
a male human wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
a male human wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:How do you remember all of this? I flat out cannot state every element for every essay question and don't know how I will be able to in two weeks time.

Some ideas:
- Keep writing them out (i.e., test your recall rather than familiarity)
- Prioritize memorizing ones that show up more by doing and reviewing a lot of essays or outlines thereof
- Understand and paraphrase the concept rather than rote memorize

See also http://barexamtoolbox.com/memorization-simple-1-2-3/


I go to sleep and I start to automatically repeat elements in my head...Am I dying? Pretty sure this is what death feels like...

This is merely purgatory, my friend.



Thanks, it just feels so foreign. LSAT required no memorization. Law school was all open book. I had an outline safety blanket every step of the way. Now I have to have a memory not just logic and it's terrifying to use for the first time in a long time on such a serious test. (Doesn't help that every time I think about my offer letter reading "contingent on passing the bar" I want to vomit.)



Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:36 pm

Calicakes wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:
a male human wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
a male human wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:How do you remember all of this? I flat out cannot state every element for every essay question and don't know how I will be able to in two weeks time.

Some ideas:
- Keep writing them out (i.e., test your recall rather than familiarity)
- Prioritize memorizing ones that show up more by doing and reviewing a lot of essays or outlines thereof
- Understand and paraphrase the concept rather than rote memorize

See also http://barexamtoolbox.com/memorization-simple-1-2-3/


I go to sleep and I start to automatically repeat elements in my head...Am I dying? Pretty sure this is what death feels like...

This is merely purgatory, my friend.



Thanks, it just feels so foreign. LSAT required no memorization. Law school was all open book. I had an outline safety blanket every step of the way. Now I have to have a memory not just logic and it's terrifying to use for the first time in a long time on such a serious test. (Doesn't help that every time I think about my offer letter reading "contingent on passing the bar" I want to vomit.)



Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby crumpetsandtea » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:03 pm

WTF schools did Y'ALL go to? All of our exams were open book too.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby a male human » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:06 pm

I went to UC Hastings, and most were open book.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby calbartaker2015 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:58 pm

Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...


Top 20 law school. 1 closed book exam. Hardly any multiple choice. I can genuinely say I feel like this test has no relation to what I have been doing for the past 3 years. Sure most of the subjects I have taken but the skills tested were entirely different.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby Pleasye » Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:02 pm

Lol this is where going to a shiTTTY school and being forced to do closed book exams for every bar subject pays off.


(still failing the essays)

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby a male human » Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:06 pm

I wish my finals were closed book. Then maybe I wouldn't have brought in giant outlines full of shit.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:30 pm

calbartaker2015 wrote:
Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...


Top 20 law school. 1 closed book exam. Hardly any multiple choice. I can genuinely say I feel like this test has no relation to what I have been doing for the past 3 years. Sure most of the subjects I have taken but the skills tested were entirely different.


Boalt/Berkeley? My boss went there and said it's notoriously easy and lots of open book exams...

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:31 pm

Pleasye wrote:Lol this is where going to a shiTTTY school and being forced to do closed book exams for every bar subject pays off.


(still failing the essays)


HEAR, HEAR!

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby Calicakes » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:29 pm

Pleasye wrote:Lol this is where going to a shiTTTY school and being forced to do closed book exams for every bar subject pays off.


(still failing the essays)



AKA a 3rd tier school who flunks out 30% of the first year class( and keeps their 40k).

Southwestern University School of Law.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby acronyx » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:30 pm

calbartaker2015 wrote:
Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...


Top 20 law school. 1 closed book exam. Hardly any multiple choice. I can genuinely say I feel like this test has no relation to what I have been doing for the past 3 years. Sure most of the subjects I have taken but the skills tested were entirely different.

T14. PR was my only closed book exam.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:34 pm

acronyx wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:
Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...


Top 20 law school. 1 closed book exam. Hardly any multiple choice. I can genuinely say I feel like this test has no relation to what I have been doing for the past 3 years. Sure most of the subjects I have taken but the skills tested were entirely different.

T14. PR was my only closed book exam.


Curious, Berkeley/Boalt? I just want to know if its reputation precedes it...haha

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby acronyx » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:38 pm

robinhoodOO wrote:
acronyx wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:
Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...


Top 20 law school. 1 closed book exam. Hardly any multiple choice. I can genuinely say I feel like this test has no relation to what I have been doing for the past 3 years. Sure most of the subjects I have taken but the skills tested were entirely different.

T14. PR was my only closed book exam.


Curious, Berkeley/Boalt? I just want to know if its reputation precedes it...haha

Nope, but am missing the comfort of having my own outlines, and books, and the internet, and the knowledge that basically nobody fails exams.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:42 pm

acronyx wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
acronyx wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:
Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...


Top 20 law school. 1 closed book exam. Hardly any multiple choice. I can genuinely say I feel like this test has no relation to what I have been doing for the past 3 years. Sure most of the subjects I have taken but the skills tested were entirely different.

T14. PR was my only closed book exam.


Curious, Berkeley/Boalt? I just want to know if its reputation precedes it...haha

Nope, but am missing the comfort of having my own outlines, and books, and the internet, and the knowledge that basically nobody fails exams.


haha...Indeed...This fucking exam is balls (or, prepping for it is).

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby calbartaker2015 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:06 pm

robinhoodOO wrote:
acronyx wrote:
robinhoodOO wrote:
acronyx wrote:
calbartaker2015 wrote:
Woah, what Law school did you attend? My LAW School exams were definitely NOT open book. We had to memorize. I think they were trying to prepare us for the bar exam.


Ya, not open book here, either. That said: Law school was cake compared to studying for the CBX...


Top 20 law school. 1 closed book exam. Hardly any multiple choice. I can genuinely say I feel like this test has no relation to what I have been doing for the past 3 years. Sure most of the subjects I have taken but the skills tested were entirely different.

T14. PR was my only closed book exam.


Curious, Berkeley/Boalt? I just want to know if its reputation precedes it...haha

Nope, but am missing the comfort of having my own outlines, and books, and the internet, and the knowledge that basically nobody fails exams.


haha...Indeed...This fucking exam is balls (or, prepping for it is).


Ya also not Berk.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby crumpetsandtea » Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:33 am

Not at Berkeley either, but also at a T14 where the only class I ever took closed book was evidence. There were a handful of classes that were closed book but it was VERY RARE and up to the professor.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby brotherdarkness » Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:26 pm

Only closed book exam I had at Berkeley was Evidence.

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby robinhoodOO » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:12 pm

brotherdarkness wrote:Only closed book exam I had at Berkeley was Evidence.


Which seems weird, because you'd think Evidence is a more difficult subject matter than most...

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Re: July 2015 California Bar Exam

Postby crumpetsandtea » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:47 pm

robinhoodOO wrote:
brotherdarkness wrote:Only closed book exam I had at Berkeley was Evidence.


Which seems weird, because you'd think Evidence is a more difficult subject matter than most...

I always assumed it was because evidence is one of the few subjects where knowing it cold is likely to be very useful in practice (ie, knowing objections and shit if you want to be a litigator).

Buuuuut fuck if I really know. Professors just do whatever the hell they want, haha




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