February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby Shad2013 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:08 pm

TXforeignlawyer wrote:Thanks Gully. Anyone know of the practicalities/admin stuff we need to look out for before the exam? I recall last year, they send an admission ticket to you. However, I applied but didn't sit the July 16 exam as I had to be back in the UK.

I'm behind on 6 lectures from December, need to catch up on those. Otherwise, I've been watching the daily lecture, working in the afternoon, then trying to read the outline for the next day's lectures in the evening. By night, I'm not taking any of it in! Any tips/advice of study methods/plans would be much appreciate. Just trying to figure out best use of time and optimize the hours in the day!! The volume of material is so vast. I'm on Barbri in case that helps.

Also, I don't know whether to drive to the exam center or get a taxi? Again, any advice from those who have taken the exam in Austin would be great.


Has anyone else read that we cannot bring water into the exam? Three hours without water will make me have a never ending dehydrating headache. I am wondering how to get around this BS "rule."

As for making information stick, I am reading and writing a ton of the past exams. Then reading the selected answers, helps to see the issues and retain info for me.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby BVest » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:53 pm

Shad2013 wrote:Has anyone else read that we cannot bring water into the exam? Three hours without water will make me have a never ending dehydrating headache. I am wondering how to get around this BS "rule."


No getting around it unless you can get a medical accommodation or want to get your ass kicked out. But there are water fountains. You won't want to get up too often.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby maztastic247 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:30 pm

Shad2013 wrote:Has anyone else read that we cannot bring water into the exam? Three hours without water will make me have a never ending dehydrating headache. I am wondering how to get around this BS "rule."



I'm a retaker and in July I stressed about the whole water issue because I drink a ton of water, and like you I get a horrible headache if I go too long without water. Honestly don't stress about it there are drinking fountains there for you to use during the exam if you need to. Just make sure to drink plenty of water at night and during the lunch break and you should be fine. Do not try and sneak in a water bottle or anything like that it isn't worth the risk.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby TXforeignlawyer » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:11 pm

Thanks. Feel I need to get started with MBE practice questions but difficult to begin that without having watched all of the lectures. I see some are topic specific in the assignments so I'll start with those. Currently watching the Federal Civil Procedure lecture!

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby TXforeignlawyer » Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:12 pm

I'm writing the exam and my hand is already sore from completing outlines :(

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby Shad2013 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:26 pm

maztastic247 wrote:
Shad2013 wrote:Has anyone else read that we cannot bring water into the exam? Three hours without water will make me have a never ending dehydrating headache. I am wondering how to get around this BS "rule."



I'm a retaker and in July I stressed about the whole water issue because I drink a ton of water, and like you I get a horrible headache if I go too long without water. Honestly don't stress about it there are drinking fountains there for you to use during the exam if you need to. Just make sure to drink plenty of water at night and during the lunch break and you should be fine. Do not try and sneak in a water bottle or anything like that it isn't worth the risk.


Yeah, I will be downing water hardcore. Such a silly rule, it is just silly!

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby Gully1990 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:48 pm

I am just taking everything day by day. I am doing old exams and reviewing my notes. I am doing 30 MBE a day and reviewing. I mean thats all you can do. Don't stress what you cannot control. You can control day 1 & 3 so work hard on it. I am a repeater and I truly hope my method this time works. If you fail to plan you plan to fail. I had no plan last time just mind everywhere. This time I'm controlling my actions.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby Gully1990 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:43 pm

TXforeignlawyer wrote:Thanks Gully. Anyone know of the practicalities/admin stuff we need to look out for before the exam? I recall last year, they send an admission ticket to you. However, I applied but didn't sit the July 16 exam as I had to be back in the UK.

I'm behind on 6 lectures from December, need to catch up on those. Otherwise, I've been watching the daily lecture, working in the afternoon, then trying to read the outline for the next day's lectures in the evening. By night, I'm not taking any of it in! Any tips/advice of study methods/plans would be much appreciate. Just trying to figure out best use of time and optimize the hours in the day!! The volume of material is so vast. I'm on Barbri in case that helps.

Also, I don't know whether to drive to the exam center or get a taxi? Again, any advice from those who have taken the exam in Austin would be great.



I have never taken it in Austin but my friends say parking can be stressful if you don't get there early. So just drive and get there early. But I am personally going to uber it on that Monday before the exam to see if its easier.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby TXforeignlawyer » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:41 pm

Thanks for the advice. I'm booked into Hyatt Regency. It was pricey though but it looks like maybe I can walk there. I would rather Uber it but what will you do with your phone if you aren't allowed it into the exam? Maybe there is a room where we will leave our belongings....

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby dtjustice » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:58 am

There is a lot of discussion about the parking/driving to the Austin exam site on the previous threads right after the exam. The parking lot apparently fills up fast and becomes chaotic so a lot of people were opting to walk from their hotel (about 50-50 good/bad idea) and quite a few chose to take a cab. It's been awhile since I've been to Austin and even longer since being in the exam site area, so I am skurd when looking for a hotel online. I'd like some suggestions on where to stay from repeaters :-)

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby PhatttFat » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:58 am

TXforeignlawyer wrote:Thanks for the advice. I'm booked into Hyatt Regency. It was pricey though but it looks like maybe I can walk there. I would rather Uber it but what will you do with your phone if you aren't allowed it into the exam? Maybe there is a room where we will leave our belongings....


In Houston, we were able to bring backpacks that they allowed us to leave outside of the testing area. But we took the exam in NRG stadium (where the Houston Texans play), so the location was huge.

Idk how Austin is though. They seem to be a lot stricter than the Houston location, which was relaxed - relatively speaking of course lol.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby BVest » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:26 am

From last Feb's thread:

BVest wrote:
longhornlaw wrote:In regards to the secured/non secured area - what's the situation with bringing backpacks and things like that? Say you bring your backpack down with your lunch and everything in it, obviously you can't bring that into the secured area. Is there a place inside the center that we can leave our bags and not have to worry about them getting taken?



The facility is basically one giant exhibit hall with a 10-12 foot wide hallway that surrounds it. (See Floor Plan.) In July we were in hall 1 with nothing happening in hall 2. For February, with no other locations for the exam, there will be about 70-80% more people than in July, so I expect you will be in both hall 1 and 2 (there's a giant airwall between the two that will probably be open).

In July, they designated the southwest corner (upper left on the floor plan) of the hallway as the drop zone for personal belongings. People left their lunches, backpacks, and some study materials there and I didn't hear of any issues arising from that. I don't know what level of security there actually is in the non-secured area (I think basically none), but the Bar Exam will be the only event going on in Palmer Auditorium, and the site is far removed from the street on both sides and does not attract passers through. It would seem that no one taking the bar is going to screw with your stuff because they wouldn't want to screw everything up over something like that. I mean, I wouldn't leave my cell phone there or anything else of value -- lock those in your car.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby Hottexas » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:55 pm

Is there anyone here who made a condensed outline of the essays and would like to share that with us , please? Thanks in advance.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby Hottexas » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:04 am

I have a WhatsApp group only to discussion of Texas bar exam. If you want me to add you, please, just let me know and I'll add you in the group. Send me a text message with your number and I will add you. You also have to install the whatsapp application on your phone to access the group. I have some people in the group but irbid better to have more people to discuss.

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Re: February 2017 Texas Bar Exam

Postby TXforeignlawyer » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:29 pm

I'm still at the stage of filling out watching the lectures online and filling out my outlines. Found Commercial Paper and Secured Transactions kinda tricky... The Barbri practice MBE is next week and I'm wondering how I can even answer some of the questions on the subjects that I haven't yet watched the lecture for?! Anyone else finding the same?




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