Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby Worker and Parasite » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:09 pm

goddamn crim pro doesn't test SCOTUS cases older than 2013...so why have them in the long outline huh????

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby zot1 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:12 pm

So this may sound really weird, but now that I'm done with the MBE subjects, I'm starting to regain confidence in my ability to "win" this. I don't think my knowledge is there yet, but I feel like it's more manageable that it seemed at first. I just think that if I keep reviewing, I can only learn more and do better in the actual thing. But this could all just be wishful thinking.

Rant over.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby MrBriggs360 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:17 pm

zot1 wrote:So this may sound really weird, but now that I'm done with the MBE subjects, I'm starting to regain confidence in my ability to "win" this. I don't think my knowledge is there yet, but I feel like it's more manageable that it seemed at first. I just think that if I keep reviewing, I can only learn more and do better in the actual thing. But this could all just be wishful thinking.

Rant over.


By done do you just mean you've gotten through all the outlines and lectures? Or the practice questions, too?

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby soj » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:41 pm

hey themis, if you're reading this, since you clearly don't read questions submitted through the message system on the themis website, fuck you and your shitty customer service.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby sd5289 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:57 pm

always_raining wrote:
sd5289 wrote:Civ Pro Erie question.

[+] Spoiler
The producer of an organic pet food shipped his products nationwide. His business and production offices were located in State A, the state in which he lived. After one pet owner’s animal became sick due to toxins that had leaked into the producer’s production supply, the owner filed a lawsuit in federal district court based on diversity jurisdiction in State B, the state in which he lived. A federal food regulation act governed the processes for how nutrition, including that applicable to animals, should be regulated. The producer did not meet those regulations, but did meet the lower standards required by State B. If the district court applied the State B statute, the producer would be absolved of any liability. Must the district court enforce the federal statute?

Correct answer: Yes, because the federal statute regulates nutrition as it relates to pets.

This seems completely wrong to me as it's a substantive issue in a diversity suit. The only thing I can think of is that the question doesn't specifically state this is a state law claim, ergo it's a federal question based on the federal statute, but why go through the whole diversity explanation then? Was that just a red herring that I fell for?


Thanks in advance!


It's kind of a red herring. Typically, an Erie analysis occurs when there is no federal law because Congress cannot or has not legislated in that area. In Erie, the court below applied "federal common law" (i.e., made-up federal law). Here, Congress has specifically legislated on a topic and so that trumps state law. Hope that helps!


HAHAHAHA, oh that is far more simple than I'd imagined. I'm over this bar prep thing. I don't feel super stressed or anything, but damn if my brain just stops functioning at certain times. Yesterday I forgot my ATM pin number and literally could not remember it, having to call my bank and be like "HALP!" Dreaming about bar topics has started too. Oy.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby MrBriggs360 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:16 pm

These Evidence lectures are helpful, but man are they ever long :(

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby somuchbooty » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:28 pm

Does anyone else find the workshops (and the workshop lady) terrible? Anyone just skip them?

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Postby MrBriggs360 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:35 pm

somuchbooty wrote:Does anyone else find the workshops (and the workshop lady) terrible? Anyone just skip them?


I never outright skip them, but I watch them in 2x and pretty much don't take her tips too much into account. But I do try the questions blindly.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby Tripl3Espresso » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:37 pm

MrBriggs360 wrote:
somuchbooty wrote:Does anyone else find the workshops (and the workshop lady) terrible? Anyone just skip them?


I never outright skip them, but I watch them in 2x and pretty much don't take her tips too much into account. But I do try the questions blindly.


Yes, I skip the lectures completely. I download the handout and just do the questions.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby annapach » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:39 pm

I thought the Con Law lectures were good as I was watching them, but in retrospect I'm finding they were NOT helpful. Usually I consult the lecture handouts as I'm doing the MBE questions, and I'm able to find the answers pretty easily. But I've been bombing con law questions with this method, mostly because there is so much missing info. SO MUCH.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby milesdavisjd » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:52 pm

zot1 wrote:So this may sound really weird, but now that I'm done with the MBE subjects, I'm starting to regain confidence in my ability to "win" this. I don't think my knowledge is there yet, but I feel like it's more manageable that it seemed at first. I just think that if I keep reviewing, I can only learn more and do better in the actual thing. But this could all just be wishful thinking.

Rant over.


No, I think you are right. Now it's possible to actually think about the issues and spend time on memorizing them instead of just "drinking water from the hose" and trying to recall your 1L memories. We can do this, it's really quite manageable.

Inspirational speech over.

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Postby Underoath » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:04 pm

soj wrote:hey themis, if you're reading this, since you clearly don't read questions submitted through the message system on the themis website, fuck you and your shitty customer service.


wowwww...they should be ashamed of themselves.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby sd5289 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:32 pm

somuchbooty wrote:Does anyone else find the workshops (and the workshop lady) terrible? Anyone just skip them?


I only play them to get the % points, and I do the questions in the handouts on my own with her on pause or mute. Her Best Evidence Rule tip was literally the worst tip I've received regarding the bar exam.

In other news, how is a 90 minute MPT worth only 0.3%? I just finished one, and while I'm getting better at doing them quickly and well within the time limit, it's kind of annoying to spend that chunk of time only to see you barely made a dent in your day's assignment load.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby zot1 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:37 pm

MrBriggs360 wrote:
zot1 wrote:So this may sound really weird, but now that I'm done with the MBE subjects, I'm starting to regain confidence in my ability to "win" this. I don't think my knowledge is there yet, but I feel like it's more manageable that it seemed at first. I just think that if I keep reviewing, I can only learn more and do better in the actual thing. But this could all just be wishful thinking.

Rant over.


By done do you just mean you've gotten through all the outlines and lectures? Or the practice questions, too?


I've gotten through lectures and the majority of practice questions (whatever Themis has scheduled me so far). But I'm doing the UBE so I didn't have to go through any state distinctions. I still have to review the long outlines, which I have mostly skimmed in the past, but after the two milestone exams, this no longer feels like the end of the world to me. It's feeling more and more doable.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby zot1 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:53 pm

milesdavisjd wrote:
zot1 wrote:So this may sound really weird, but now that I'm done with the MBE subjects, I'm starting to regain confidence in my ability to "win" this. I don't think my knowledge is there yet, but I feel like it's more manageable that it seemed at first. I just think that if I keep reviewing, I can only learn more and do better in the actual thing. But this could all just be wishful thinking.

Rant over.


No, I think you are right. Now it's possible to actually think about the issues and spend time on memorizing them instead of just "drinking water from the hose" and trying to recall your 1L memories. We can do this, it's really quite manageable.

Inspirational speech over.


Haha right? We got this!

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby kjartan » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:54 pm

Can anyone explain Themis's percentage system? One day, I read 57 pages of an outline and it's .7%, the next I read 50 pages and it's .2%. What gives?

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby somuchbooty » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:57 pm

I get what you guys are saying about the %'s being off, definitely see that. But don't be a slave to their stupid percentages. Just do a reasonable amount of work each day or your brain isn't going to accept the information as well.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby oblig.lawl.ref » Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:38 pm

somuchbooty wrote:I get what you guys are saying about the %'s being off, definitely see that. But don't be a slave to their stupid percentages. Just do a reasonable amount of work each day or your brain isn't going to accept the information as well.


Totally agree. I've definitely been noticing the same thing re the %s.

somuchbooty wrote:Does anyone else find the workshops (and the workshop lady) terrible? Anyone just skip them?


Yes I skip basically all the workshops. I might listen to the first part where they give tips at 2x but otherwise (and even then) I don't find them to be of much (or really any) help at all w/r/t the way I work.

Also I'm curious where other CA-ers are in their percentages. I'm at 42%--fell behind a bit after taking a few days off.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby Pleasye » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:00 pm

oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Also I'm curious where other CA-ers are in their percentages. I'm at 42%--fell behind a bit after taking a few days off.

43.3%, very behind.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby always_raining » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:13 pm

When the lecturer doesn't say the sentences in the outline and I have no idea what words go in what blanks - ughhh! Can't they change the outlines to mimic what the lecturer is saying? I hate being left to guess what the lecturer meant to say.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby MrBriggs360 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:27 pm

Pleasye wrote:
oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Also I'm curious where other CA-ers are in their percentages. I'm at 42%--fell behind a bit after taking a few days off.

43.3%, very behind.


When is the California bar?

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby kjartan » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:28 pm

kjartan wrote:Can anyone explain Themis's percentage system? One day, I read 57 pages of an outline and it's .7%, the next I read 50 pages and it's .2%. What gives?

Update: .5% for the second set of Civ Pro lectures, .7% for the first. Good shit, Themis.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby Tripl3Espresso » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:36 pm

MrBriggs360 wrote:
Pleasye wrote:
oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Also I'm curious where other CA-ers are in their percentages. I'm at 42%--fell behind a bit after taking a few days off.

43.3%, very behind.


When is the California bar?


July 28-30

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby GULCPerson » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:44 pm

kjartan wrote:
kjartan wrote:Can anyone explain Themis's percentage system? One day, I read 57 pages of an outline and it's .7%, the next I read 50 pages and it's .2%. What gives?

Update: .5% for the second set of Civ Pro lectures, .7% for the first. Good shit, Themis.


This drives me insane. You want to create an arbitrary set of percentages that values a 36 minute essay more than 4 hours of lectures? Fine, I guess. I can adjust to that. But when Tuesday's essay is worth less than half of Wednesday's identical essay, it makes the progress bar completely useless for planning purposes.

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Re: Themis Bar Review Hangout - July 2015 Exam

Postby Pleasye » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:48 pm

Plan according to assignments instead of percentage points. You all need to let this go.




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