b290 wrote:verejacob wrote: Any suggestion/advise is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Ariboohowyoudo, verejacob, and sugrl12 pretty much said what I would regarding to memorization, and MBE studying. No need to repeat
A note on the model NCBE answers: they are roughly between 1000 and 1400 words. They are also written by practicing attorneys, who have notes, with unlimited time. So right there, the model answers are reflective of two things you don't have on the exam: extra time and available references. With 30 minutes per essay and between 3-6 sub-parts per question, you're realistically spending only 15-20 minutes actually typing (presuming that nothing goes wrong AND you're on point with what to write). Unless you type upwards of 50-60 WPM (the average person types 35-40 WPM), you're not producing such answers if you answer all 6 questions. Handwriting means even less words.
Also, anybody who's done/worked on real-world legal writing (I've had my fair share, up to state supreme court briefs) knows that you can't produce anything of quality under such conditions. Thankfully, graders know this and their checklists reflect that. Some states require their board of law examiners to release the top MEE answers, and you'll see the vast difference between them and the model NCBE ones. Some of them are quite minimal - the 2 essays I did well on were organized and minimal (I doubt they were more than 600 words). For example, you can have a rough outline per answer, and flesh out that outline and...you're done. Just like that.
Try to find out how fast you type. If you're hand-writing, see how long it takes to answer a question. You need to know what you're capable of first, to make improvements. Part of game planning is knowing how you'll do for test day; that comes with planning and repetition. It also takes away some (but not all) of the stress. You'll might even be able to come up with a contingency plan should things go wrong.
Once I learned the above, it was like night and day. Do as you plan and you'll be celebrating in April.
Thanks a ton, b290, airboohowyoudo, sugr12 and aa22 for all your encouragement, useful tips and advise! After hearing from all of you, it seems that doing Adaptibar or Seperac could be overkill, especially as I have access to Barbri, and have also purchased Emanuel MBE S&T and Critical Pass (before July, all I used was Barbri).
For MEE subjects, I'll probably be using JD Advising's One Sheets (hope they get their predictions spot on for Feb 2018 too), unless of course, someone manages to convince me that SmartBarPrep or Lean Sheets or Studicata are far better supplemental resources. I'll also be checking out NCBE's model MEE answers.
I was crushed after I found out I did not pass this time and felt like disappearing off the face of Earth especially after the announcement that July 2017 witnessed the highest pass rates . Thanks to you all, I now see light at the end of the tunnel. Passing the NY bar has a special meaning for me especially, as I graduated from law school more than a decade ago.
I won't leave anything to chances this time and will make sure to prepare well for both MBE and MEE/MPT (for July, I had focused primarily on MBE subjects and the move backfired). The risk is simply not worth taking.
Oh, almost forgot to ask - what format did you all use for MEE? CIRAC, CRAC or IRAC? I used CIRAC but it didn't work out for me that well. Does NCBE/NYSBOLE recommend/prefer any particular format for answering MEE?