InterAlia1961 wrote:I'm finding myself on the verge of panic. I just completed my MBE review. It took me three weeks. I'm working on the essay subjects now. I can't shake this sinking feeling that I don't know enough. That no matter how hard or how long I study, I can never know enough to to this. I'm trying to pack as much in as possible. I'm particularly worried about a surprise on the essays. I plan to hit Cal Civ Pro and Cal Evidence hard at about two weeks out. I'm wondering if this is a good strategy or not. I'm also worried about business corps. I'm just worried. With only five essays, I expect some crossover subjects. But, there have been essays that appeared to be crossovers in the past, that decidedly weren't. I remember one that was a straight up crim pro question, but many, many people fell down the evidence rabbit hole. I'm also worried that I'm running out of time to stuff enough into my head to pull this off. I'm crazy, right? In need of some serious medicating. I hate this, and yet I keep trying. Where do they keep the happy pills?
I'd try to look at all the essay subjects ahead of time (rather than reserving some for two weeks out). For example, do two-day blocks of each subject through one rotation of them. On the first day, you could study and review the law. On the second day, you could focus on writing essays. Then repeat the cycle, shifting gears toward closed-book and timed practice and outlining.
Not saying it's going to work for you. It's just a different approach you could try. You might get some more ideas on how to schedule and pace yourself here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sNw ... sp=sharing
And you're not "crazy" or the type of person to "panic." Did you graduate law school? If so, you are capable. You're calm, methodical, and deliberate. You're willing to do the hard work and the smart work. This generates the feeling of being calm, competent, and confident. It comes from your own deeds, not from the sky. Take baby steps. If you have no idea how to answer an essay, study the model answer. Try it again. If you still can't do it, retype it until you know how it feels. Stay the course.