cron1834 wrote: RCinDNA wrote:
cron1834 wrote:I agree IEE was pretty messed. Kinda shit the bed on it (along with two MEEs for that matter...), but ppl I talked to were also bewildered.
IL bar is just trolling the bar prep companies at this point.
Anyway, in retrospect, definitely could have been worse. The absolute worst thing that could have happened would be walking in and not having at least 3-4 essays where you knew wtf you were doing.
Yeah, agree. I definitely blew it on one IEE and two MEEs... but probably got enough points for a Day 1 score above the 20th percentile. With a good MBE, you can do that shitty and still pass overall. That's what I'm telling myself...
Agreed. And that is what I am banking on (relatively strong MBE and dragging myself across the line with the essays).
I totally bombed the February 2017 essays after having a quite strong showing on the Michigan July 2015 essays (I consider legal writing/analysis a relative strength) so I was shocked to see how poorly I did.
Prior to the test I ran math based on the February 2017 results and it made me feel far better.
My baseline was the 133, a "passing" scaled score for Illinois along with the "average" scores across the board on the IEE, MPT and MEE.
The scores can be found here: https://www.ilbaradmissions.org/feb-201 ... ent-charts
When I ran the math the "average" student scored approximately 62% of the available points and scored a the 133 or right around it, perhaps +/- 1 point.
As I am not banking on the written portion, but instead an "OK" MBE score, I knew that I could likely score somewhere in the mid 50% and still achieve a score high enough, when added to my MBE to pass.
I feel more confident today then I did before the bar because I felt great about the MPT, and though I know I blew portions of the IEE there were other parts that I think I did very well on. The MEE is a mix as well, I felt like I had something competent to say on all the subjects with a few that were in my wheel house (Civ Pro, Cim Pro/Evidence) and upon review did a decent job with the Torts (abnormally dangerous activity) analysis. The con law question was surprising, and I know i messed up part of it, but I also know I got other portions straight away, the Wills question was interesting but again I think I got the key components correct.
Pivoting a bit here...
What I thought was most frustrating was the character limit. On about 4 of the 9 essays and the MPT I definitely had to go back and sacrificing some formatting and style in order to get things under the 4,600 limit which really pissed me off - it also cost me time from writing and analyzing because I was busy trying to delete things and make things fit. The biggest quirk is when I went back through the essays during the last few minutes and ExamSoft informed me that essays were "over the limit" by a certain amount of characters and the program just unilaterally deleted said amount of characters (so I had to remember perhaps what my last few words were) even though when I left the essay I was at the maximum character limit (or just under) - WTF ExamSoft! How could the character counter be "off" and then screw me like that? Thank god I could fix it, but it added a level of unnecessay stress and last second changes to make it fit - just totally unnecessary