how’s barbri


Nothing beats rolling into a giant convention center to take a 6 hour long multiple choice legal examination.  It appears I am still an idiot savant at bubbling circles: dozing off in the PM session and rushing thru the last 50 questions in 60 minutes did not stop me from scoring above average.

Since graduating in May, I’ve been spending nearly every day studying for the bar exam.1 BAR/BRI is providing the necessary structure,2 but I am taken back at the sheer amount of knowledge/word to memorize.  It’s almost too much.  … Here’s to the payoff.

  1. Every attorney must pass a state’s exam to be licensed to practice law in each state.  Some states have reciprocity agreements; New York, one of the hardest jurisdictions, does not.  On Day 1, every state will test on 5 fundamental core subjects in the form of 200 multiple choice questions.  Day 2 consists of essays about that state’s own unique laws and rules.  I am taking NJ and NY.  New Jersey tests the 5 core subjects plus NJ Civil Procedure.   New York tests the 5 core subjects plus 16 other individual subjects.  Any questions? []
  2. To prepare, nearly all law students enroll in a prep course, BAR/BRI being the most popular by far.  It costs $3,500, and involves attending “class” every day, in which they play a pre-recorded DVD of a professor summarizing an entire subject within 1-3 days.  Repeat for 16 topics.   The professors range over delightful, practical, hilarious, bat-shit crazy, inexperienced, and unsuitable-to-teach-a-dog-to-piss.  “Fun” is not a wholly inappropriate adjective,  because it is, after all, a massive collective experience (I have bumped into old CU classmates in classs), but it’s unpleasant. []

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