superlaw10 wrote:Hello Everyone,
I want to share my Virginia Bar Exam experience because maybe it will be helpful to someone.
The first time I took the bar exam, I studied like crazy from dawn til dusk. I did all of Barbri. Failed by 7 points.
The second time I took the bar exam, I studied but not like crazy. I worked full time which helped because I had only a certain amount of hours everyday to study. I used the critical pass flashcards. To contrast, the first time I did the Barbri simulated exam, I was scoring like 101. The second time I used ONLY the critical pass flash cards and scored a 157. Seriously.
( Imagine all of evidence in 20 or so cards you can easily manage. )
I also had some great advice from someone who failed before. They said that if you are failing by like 10-15 points, the easiest thing to do in conjunction with bringing up your MBE score is to work on HOW you're writing your essays. I used Barbri essay architect in conjunction with the essay book and I was scoring in the 8-10 range on essays before I took the exam for the second time.
Please do not give up. I know it sucks but once you're done, you're done. Keep you heads up and shine on future lawyers.
This is a great post. I failed VA twice within the 10 point range. Although I won't be taking VA again, this is sound advice for someone taking the bar in any jurisdiction.