So I signed up for the February 2018 sitting of the New York bar exam but have not started studying a yet. Some unexpected things kept coming up. So far I only bought one book to study for it. Could anyone give me any guidance as to whether this is hopeless or what material I should get to help in cramming session for the bar. I’ve already decided I am not going to take a course and do it on my own.
Any guidance on this would be helpful.
I would be incredibly stressed out if that were me but I think you could pull it off if you put your head down and focused on nothing else in life for the next month. That said, I am a first time bar taker and really have no clue, just basing this on the amount of information I have consumed over the last month. Definitely would recommend Adaptibar and jam through as many MBE questions as you feasibly can. I use it and appreciate it and everyone seems to rave over it. I also have the Finz Multistate Method Strategies and Tactics book and that seems useful. Other than that, I am using Barbri and can't speak to other sources. That said, you still have a month which is a lot of time so I wouldn't think it is completely hopeless. I hope you pull it off. Best of luck, I'll be there stressing with you on exam day(s).
It can be done. Be glad that it's literally at the end of the month (as in Feb 27 and 28), so you have extra days. I'll second the MBE advice since it's 50% of your exam and some of the MBE subjects also pop up as essays. Even if you happen to have only one MBE subject an essay (which never happens), you've got 55% covered, and if there's 2 or more (as usual) that's 60%+ of the exam. I'll also recommend Adaptibar, just do questions and go over the answers (as to why you're getting some questions wrong). I took it for July and it did wonders for my MBE score.
As for the essays, Just get the IRAC down and repeat. You'll do a lot better with a structured answer on BS than with no structure on actual law. 30 mins/essay = 15-20 mins of actual essay time so you're not going to have that much time anyway. Consequently, not much is expected out your answer anyway. So get what you need to say and move one. That's also in your favor.
The PTs are a crapshoot. Do at least one, (preferably a few) just to be familiar with it. On this short notice, it's a little easier to work on more proven stuff (essays and MBE). Good luck!
Pax UK wrote:Is anyone taking at Buffalo next month, and specifically if so, are there nearby alternatives to the lunch we’ve been offered? My air bnb accommodation is (each way) a 15min walk away & I don’t want to spend all that time just tryna eat!
Any Kaplan students here? How did you find the mid term assessment?!
The places that come to mind:
- Doughbois (http://www.doughbois.com/menu/
) Is literally across the street.
- Subway (there are 2 of them within a few blocks of the convention)
- Taki's also down the road (across the street on the far end of the convention center)
- The myriad of places on Main Street (1 block away)
- It's NY so you'll have a million pizza places
With the choices above, I didn't see the need to order the provided lunch. I'd rather walk, get my food and come back than wait on the line. I'm staying about 10 mins away so if I'm really not satisfied, I can go back to my place and get something there.
The main issue is that you'll be out during lunch hour, so (as expected) it'll be super busy. If you can, get your food to go - you won't have to worry about when to run back to the convention center (even if it's only a few blocks). That hour will go by faster than you think. Also, it's Buffalo, so with snow and the cold, it'll take you an extra few minutes to get around. Plan accordingly.