People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

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People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby bigLexcited » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:57 pm

I'm planning to leave conflicts and commercial paper (too complicated and not worth it). Im pretty sure I don't remember a whole lot of shit from the other essay subjects.

I spent too much time on the MBE and i still feel like a lot of the rules/ specifics leak out of my brain when I'm asleep. I'm revising right now and I legit feel like a lot of this stuff I just didnt remember before now despite doing them over and over again.

I'm averaging anything between 50-60%.

I always narrow down to the 2 most accurate options and somehow end up picking the wrong ones. I'm either totally out of luck or just very bad at MCQ/ standardized testing.

I feel super underprepared.

Can those who passed the bar feeling (similarly underprepared) pls indulge my anxiety and tell me its okay?

And those who are still preparing - good luck and god speed to you all!

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby funkenstein » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:26 pm

not my personal experience so take it for what it's worth.

My friend, who I have to admit is very smart and studied really hard during law school, said she procrastinated studying for the bar and never even got to a few subjects but she still passed.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby tiffannybrown » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:31 pm

Everyone feels like this, don't let yourself get in the way of you (is that the saying? my brain is fried too)

I don't think leaving out some topics is so bad, you can't know everything on this exam. But i would suggest not leaving out COL- it is really simple (there are legit 4 rules) if you know them you can BS anything down. I can even email you my 6 page outline (3 double sided) if you want. It will probably take you 10 minutes to memorize, and if there is a question on it, its an easy way for points.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby L_William_W » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:41 am

bigLexcited wrote:I'm planning to leave conflicts and commercial paper (too complicated and not worth it). Im pretty sure I don't remember a whole lot of shit from the other essay subjects.

I spent too much time on the MBE and i still feel like a lot of the rules/ specifics leak out of my brain when I'm asleep. I'm revising right now and I legit feel like a lot of this stuff I just didnt remember before now despite doing them over and over again.

I'm averaging anything between 50-60%.

I always narrow down to the 2 most accurate options and somehow end up picking the wrong ones. I'm either totally out of luck or just very bad at MCQ/ standardized testing.

I feel super underprepared.

Can those who passed the bar feeling (similarly underprepared) pls indulge my anxiety and tell me its okay?

And those who are still preparing - good luck and god speed to you all!


I passed NY on attempt #3 in July 2017.

I didn't completely ignore a subject. However, I knew that there were some subjects that I was stronger in than others. With that in mind, I made a game plan. On the MBE, Civ Pro was a nightmare. Torts, on the other hand, I could do half drunk. Con law was anther subject that I was fairly confident in. I decided to study extra hard in my stronger subjects in order to compensate for the weaker subjects. I still studied Civ Pro, but I just went through the motions.

The MPT was the bane of my existence since the grading is subjective and you don't have enough time to write a coherent essay. I spent extra time preparing for the MEE's while just doing the best I can on the MPT. My combined MPT and MEE score was a 128.7, which is failing. I didn't get a breakdown of the individual scores, but I know I got my ass handed to me on the MPT. My 149.3 MBE helped me pass the overall UBE with a 278. And if it makes you feel any better, the first time I took the bar, my MBE was a 118.6.

On Sunday, study like there's no tomorrow. On Monday, study in the morning and early afternoon but then take it easy in the evening. On Tuesday, handle your business.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby L_William_W » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:43 am

bigLexcited wrote:I'm planning to leave conflicts and commercial paper (too complicated and not worth it). Im pretty sure I don't remember a whole lot of shit from the other essay subjects.

I spent too much time on the MBE and i still feel like a lot of the rules/ specifics leak out of my brain when I'm asleep. I'm revising right now and I legit feel like a lot of this stuff I just didnt remember before now despite doing them over and over again.

I'm averaging anything between 50-60%.

I always narrow down to the 2 most accurate options and somehow end up picking the wrong ones. I'm either totally out of luck or just very bad at MCQ/ standardized testing.

I feel super underprepared.

Can those who passed the bar feeling (similarly underprepared) pls indulge my anxiety and tell me its okay?

And those who are still preparing - good luck and god speed to you all!


I passed NY on attempt #3 in July 2017.

I didn't completely ignore a subject. However, I knew that there were some subjects that I was stronger in than others. With that in mind, I made a game plan. On the MBE, Civ Pro was a nightmare. Torts, on the other hand, I could do half drunk. Con law was anther subject that I was fairly confident in. I decided to study extra hard in my stronger subjects in order to compensate for the weaker subjects. I still studied Civ Pro, but I just went through the motions.

The MPT was the bane of my existence since the grading is subjective and you don't have enough time to write a coherent essay. I spent extra time preparing for the MEE's while just doing the best I can on the MPT. My combined MPT and MEE score was a 128.7, which is failing. I didn't get a breakdown of the individual scores, but I know I got my ass handed to me on the MPT. My 149.3 MBE helped me pass the overall UBE with a 278. And if it makes you feel any better, the first time I took the bar, my MBE was a 118.6.

On Sunday, study like there's no tomorrow. On Monday, study in the morning and early afternoon but then take it easy in the evening. On Tuesday, handle your business.

One more thing: when in doubt, choose a statement of law over a statement of fact.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby dixiecup » Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:12 am

Yes, this has happened to many bar takes but it's completely irrelevant to your situation. You want us to tell you it's OK to skip topics, but we can't do that. There's no way we can know what will be on the exam. Even if we had a statistical survey of every topic on the bar exam over the last 20 years, and thus could find the topics that are never covered -- that would STILL not be helpful because this might be the weird year those topics are covered on an essay.

So close this worthless thread and get back to studying.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby justanotheruser » Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:35 am

I know you're looking for someone to say it's alright, but... this mentality is why I failed the CA bar as many times as I did (5 times). When I finally passed the Feb. 2018 CA bar, it was basically because I covered every subject... although I put more emphasis on some subjects over others.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby jcwest » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:25 pm

This is my first attempt. I'm scoring between 70% - 76% on mixed sets and 75% on the last practice test.

I have gone over every subject AND I still do not feel entirely prepared. At this point, your best bet is to at least get a handle on holder status vs. HDC status, the defenses for both, the basic requirements of a NI, and the defenses to improperly executed NI. Really, its not that hard.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby ajel190 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:49 pm

Commercial paper. Also abandoned it when taking the bar in a second state.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby albanach » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:56 pm

There were definitely some areas I knew less well. If no one has done it before for your state, it's worth mapping out all the questions that have been asked in the past ten years by topic. Some are tested much less frequently whereas others come up each and every year. I'd recommend that, if you're not going to get to a topic, that it be the former not the later.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby SaiyanRose » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:04 pm

do the opposite, prepare for it you still got time just to prevent they throw it at you.

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Re: People who passed the bar before - did you leave something completely w/o studying and still pass

Postby b290 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:00 pm

albanach wrote:There were definitely some areas I knew less well. If no one has done it before for your state, it's worth mapping out all the questions that have been asked in the past ten years by topic. Some are tested much less frequently whereas others come up each and every year. I'd recommend that, if you're not going to get to a topic, that it be the former not the later.

This. The only way it's not gambling. For the one that finally put me over the hump (having taken it a few times before), I didn't study Secured at all - and it didn't show up. However, from the previous times, I had enough residual knowledge to BS my way through if it did.

But still know the basics for each subject, which really means no "skipping" If you have a mini-outline (like Themis' FROs, or LeanSheets, Magicsheets), at least go through that.

My $.02



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