Kentucky Bar Exam --- July 2017

luckyinkentucky
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Kentucky Bar Exam --- July 2017

Postby luckyinkentucky » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:52 pm

I'm planning to take the July 2017 bar exam in Kentucky. Would anyone else who is planning to take the same exam like to collaborate?

I don't understand the Kentucky bar exam. What is the deal with the essays - part MEE and part Kentucky? What are the MEE topics and which are Kentucky, and does it matter? Is this difference only in who wrote the questions, but they should be treated as the same by examinees? Should all of the essay questions (regardless of MEE or not) be answered according to general/majority law, and then if Kentucky is different it should be noted?

I have passed in another state, so I don't think I need to take the MBE, so that's nice, but I have learned nearly nothing about administrative law, family law (that's what domestic relations is, right?), and conflict of laws, so that's not nice.

Am I supposed to write about federal AND Kentucky civil procedure, federal AND Kentucky criminal law/procedure, etc.? Is it general family law or KENTUCKY family law?

Geez - I'm glad this exam is 6+ months away.

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Re: Kentucky Bar Exam --- July 2017

Postby dans1006 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:24 am

How do you think it went?

I felt like both mornings were good. Both afternoons were disasters.

I hope you did well enough to feel ok about it for 2 months!

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Re: Kentucky Bar Exam --- July 2017

Postby Rhiannon17 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:39 pm

I felt like the essays were doable. The MBE was horrible. I did 1750ish MBE questions with Themis and I felt like a lot I was told to focus on WASN'T on the MBE and that it was my first time seeing some things. Maybe those were the 25 experimental. Who knows. I know during lunch on the day of the MBE, I went to my car and the guy parked next to me was bawling into his hands. Like sobbing.

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Re: Kentucky Bar Exam --- July 2017

Postby dans1006 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:56 pm

Rhiannon17 wrote:I felt like the essays were doable. The MBE was horrible. I did 1750ish MBE questions with Themis and I felt like a lot I was told to focus on WASN'T on the MBE and that it was my first time seeing some things. Maybe those were the 25 experimental. Who knows. I know during lunch on the day of the MBE, I went to my car and the guy parked next to me was bawling into his hands. Like sobbing.


That guy was me. :cry:

I'm just kidding. I was that neurotic guy going through my notes on the iPad.

I concur with your assessment completely. I spent that last week totally focused on the essays because I thought I was in trouble there. And then on the day off, the morning essays were on the edge of being "easy". By that I mean I wasn't caught off guard by any of them, and in the absence of a time constraint, I could have written on those topics for days.

The afternoon essays were a bit more stout but I think that is because I made a bad bet on Conflicts not being tested and I felt like the Wills questions was rough. But either way, I felt like Day 1 was manageable.

The MBE, which I thought was my strong point, was a monster though. The morning was rough. The afternoon was brutal. Maybe all the experimental questions were on the second half?

I don't know. If I had to bet, I'd say I'm going back in February to take the MBE again, which will be much more manageable if I'm not also studying for the essays. But it's disappointing because I did roughly 2000 Qs for MBE prep. I did Kaplan and then I bought Barbri practice tests online. And I felt like those were totally different.

If I have to go for round 2 with the MBE, I'm thinking I'll do Adaptibar.

Best of luck!




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