Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby TwoBars » Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:51 pm

727FLBar wrote:Just wanted to pop in and write some stuff that may help any future FL takers:

1) If you're doing Themis, buy someone's old bar bri FL MCQ questions. The Themis FL MCQ questions are just awful. Bar Bri's were right on the money
2) No reason to be at the convention center before 8 am
3) Taking the bar really isn't that bad. The tough part is putting in the long hours of studying
4) If I could go back in time I would have spent just about all my time doing MCQ questions over and over again. I thought the lectures were great while I was watching them, but I didn't realize until later that I actually learned the material by doing the MCQ questions.
5) If you like flash cards, the critical pass flash cards are awesome for the MBE. You could easily pass just by using the critical pass flash cards and doing a bunch of MCQ questions.
6) Themis far exceeded my expectations. Just make sure you get your hands on bar bri's FL MCQ questions. I would have been up a creek without a paddle if I just relied on Themis' questions

Overall, I thought the bar was pretty fair. I was definitely freaked out going in, but it really isn't that bad. And this was all said before I got my results (pretty sure I passed).



FWIW - I used only Themis to prepare for the Feb 2015 exam and passed by a wide margin (+24 points over passing for FL portion). I felt the Themis FL MQ questions prepared me well for the actual exam. Other than the Themis questions I did the practice questions provided by the FL Bar examiners in the study materials. I did all of the practice questions and fully read the associated outlines and reviewed said outlines regularly. Taking the time to read the answer explanations is perhaps the most important thing you can do with any review course. The explanations many times provide information about the answer choices which would apply under slightly different fact pattern. So many questions are essentially the same, but vary fact patterns slightly change which changes the correct answer choice. It's not every question explanation that provides this extra info but it helped me see how the same answer choices can apply to different fact patterns.

Granted, the FL MQ questions are tricky and many times you either know the correct answer or don't and there is not really a way to work your way through to the right answer choice. I felt prepared for the MQ questions I got with the Feb 2015 exam having done Themis. When in doubt go with your gut answer response and move on! Overall, I felt the questions were fair as did the original poster. I firmly believe that putting in a genuine study effort will result in a passing score on the bar exam. The review courses provide all the materials you need to pass, but it is your job to actually study and digest the materials. If you truly study the exam questions will seem fair, but if you only put in a half-hearted study effort the exam questions will seem very difficult.

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby 941law » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:46 pm

1 week left :shock:

Note for future test takers: the wait is awful.

Also:

$50 fee you can request your ungraded essay from Fla Bar

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby legal10101 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:24 pm

941law wrote:1 week left :shock:

Note for future test takers: the wait is awful.

Also:

$50 fee you can request your ungraded essay from Fla Bar


What do you mean "ungraded essay"?

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby 941law » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:46 pm

Apparently they send you a copy of what you wrote. No notes or grading attached, just a copy. I think this could be beneficial for those that fail part A and thought maybe they did well. For those that failed part A, but knew they wrote a poor essay, I'm not sure reviewing your crappy essay will help - maybe.

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby Geaux12 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:13 pm

941law wrote:Apparently they send you a copy of what you wrote. No notes or grading attached, just a copy. I think this could be beneficial for those that fail part A and thought maybe they did well. For those that failed part A, but knew they wrote a poor essay, I'm not sure reviewing your crappy essay will help - maybe.



weallpassedweallpassedweallpassed

Right?!? Fuck this week.

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby LAW813FL » Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:05 pm

Enjoy your weekends boys and girls

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby 941law » Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:51 pm

Bar Results come in tomorrow..

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby trustmouse83 » Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:29 pm

Good luck to you all.

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby beautifulanddamned » Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:47 pm

941law wrote:http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/barscores/results.shtml


damn, way to get that heart rate way past 100bpm right before bed!

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby LAW813FL » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:07 am

PASS PASS PASS MOTHALICKAS!!

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Postby queenldy » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:08 am

LAW813FL wrote:PASS PASS PASS MOTHALICKAS!!

Me TOO!

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby 727FLBar » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:16 am

Passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feels fucking great

eta: just scrolling through my PDF -- there are about an equal # of passes/fails. Might be a rough year overall
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby LAW813FL » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:17 am

im not authorized to be sworn in yet tho :(

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Postby ResIpsa305 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:22 am

pass pass pass yes!

woo!

Congrats guys!!

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby Geaux12 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:51 am

PASSED


Oh my god. What a relief. Felt like I was going to have a panic attack when I saw scores posted.

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby KLong239 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:53 am

Any ideas when/where the overall and school pass rates will be posted?

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby Geaux12 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:00 am

727FLBar wrote:Passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feels fucking great

eta: just scrolling through my PDF -- there are about an equal # of passes/fails. Might be a rough year overall


727 licensed lawyer? We should #network. You know, because we're both fucking lawyers. Goddamn.

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Postby MG95 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:02 am

P.
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby FloRida15 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:29 am

PASSED!!!

Looking at the page of results I was on -- 58 test takers and only 32 passed (approx. 55%). Looks like a rough year. Sorry for those who didn't pass, but glad I never have to look at it again!

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby beautifulanddamned » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:37 am

My page also looked rough in terms of pass rate, but looks like it was not a super rough year after all. Down just a couple percentage pts from last year.

http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/bars ... elease.pdf

Almost 69% of first time takers passed.

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby 727FLBar » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:45 am

UF is absolutely crushing the bar.

Whoa. 3,400 people took the July 2015 bar and only 1,600 passed. That can't be correct, can it? Or is that only including people who can be sworn in.
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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby charlesxavier » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:49 am

727FLBar wrote:UF is absolutely crushing the bar.

69% overall seems a little low.


I didn't take the FL bar but I'm from FL and know a lot of people who did. It seems like a lot of states took a pretty big hit to overall pass rates last year and this year is a little below that.

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby kyle010723 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:27 am

charlesxavier wrote:
727FLBar wrote:UF is absolutely crushing the bar.

69% overall seems a little low.


I didn't take the FL bar but I'm from FL and know a lot of people who did. It seems like a lot of states took a pretty big hit to overall pass rates last year and this year is a little below that.


71% last year, the drop doesnt seem significant.

https://www.floridabarexam.org/__85257b ... 5e0051dff4

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Re: Florida Bar Exam - Official Thread

Postby charlesxavier » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:33 am

kyle010723 wrote:
charlesxavier wrote:
727FLBar wrote:UF is absolutely crushing the bar.

69% overall seems a little low.


I didn't take the FL bar but I'm from FL and know a lot of people who did. It seems like a lot of states took a pretty big hit to overall pass rates last year and this year is a little below that.


71% last year, the drop doesnt seem significant.

https://www.floridabarexam.org/__85257b ... 5e0051dff4


That's what I mean. It dropped a little this year (to 68.9%) but the big drop has happened over the past couple of years. It was 77.2% in 2013 and 80.2% in 2012.




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