not guilty wrote:
salsahips wrote:Are high bar scores considered marketable? Is it something worth putting on a cover letter/resume or bringing up in an interview?
Additionally, anyone know of a way to see where you ranked in Florida? If the answer to the above question is YES, then I assume your score is only marketable if it is over a certain threshold (top 1, top 5, top 10??)
Last year's highest scorer in Florida got a 175, my score was 169. Would love to know where this falls, if I can indeed use it when talking to firms.
Mind telling us what you did for prep? (Hate you).
I did the Barbri online course.
Watched every lecture at 1.5x-2x speed, filled out all the lecture outlines they give you (had to make some for some topics that they didn't make outlines for)
Did all the MC assignments. Did about the first 10-15 essay assignments, for the rest of the essay assignments I read the prompt, VERY broadly sketched our an answer, and read over the model answer to look for the key concepts/jargon I missed.
I worked part time while I studied, and tapered my work hours down as the bar date got closer. I would study about 40-50 hours a week including weekends. I tried to not overdo it and about half way in started to take Sundays off completely to get outdoors/clear my head. While I read that most people ramped up the last two weeks, I found myself somewhat ramping down, but diving deeper into the areas I felt I was weak. I finished the Barbri course about two weeks early (completed about 80% - most of what I did not complete where the exam review lectures, I found it more effective and efficient to go over the exams -- question by question -- myself) so I found myself with unstructured free time. The last week I reviewed outlines of areas where I felt weak and literally walked around my house reciting black letter for essay prep. Funny enough, none of the essays were on the topics I focused on/thought would be tested (Florida Con Law, Family Law, Homestead, Contracts, Torts) but I was saved by the fact that I studied commercial paper a little more in depth than Barbri advised (there ended up being a standalone commercial paper essay for the first time ever, and while I doubt I got a great score, I definitely knew the fundamental concepts to hit on -- as opposed to a lot of kids I knew that either BS'd a few sentences or left the essay blank).
Also, starting at about the half way point, I began taking my own MC "mini" tests of about 10-15 questions at a time. I set up the exams to give me only new questions and towards the end would begin to include old questions that I had answered incorrectly.
I think what helped the most was to make sure I didn't overdo it and burn out. I rarely studied past 10:00 and never studied past 11:00. I got a solid 7-8 hours sleep. I kept in contact with two friends who had passed the bar recently, and their perspective really helped with the anxiety about whether you're approaching study the right way and fear of failure that inevitably forms. Ultimately, you should not reinvent the wheel. You should keep the same study habits you've formed throughout the years since they've served you well (I mean, you graduated undergrad and law school right?!).
Don't hesitate to ask any other questions or reach out through PM.