The California Bar: 30% Law, 20% Composure, 50% Point Headings.

19 Feb


  Here is what I hate most about taking the Bar: You must necessarily be 110% selfish.  No one on the outside ever really understands that.   Grounds clearly not ripe for a nascent relationship. 

   Not to mention the concomitant stress that only grows as the day comes near; realizing that you have spent 3 years and unbelievable sweat, blood and tears for a mere 18 hour exam that will either validate your sacrifices or leave you $250,000.00 in debt and looking for a new career.    And so, you spend your 3 months of studying in a reluctantly forced solitude feeling like a constant disappointment to everyone you know.

~ Those who really care about you will tell you they understand.  Those who love you will pretend to mean it ~

   Not only do you feel that your life is on hold as you simultaneously watch it pass you by, but anyone not devoid of human emotion is also overcome with the guilt and sadness that accompanies pushing your loved ones to the wayside.

   Anyway, for those preparing to take it or who are contemplating doing so in the future its something to be aware of.  And no, you aren’t going crazy because your non-law memory is shot, you start to forget what you’re saying mid-sentence, you can’t sleep or hold a conversation to save your life, and  you feel you need a glass of scotch every night just to calm down.  All normal. 

   To those who have family, friends or significant others about to embark on this perilous journey:  Be considerate, and realize the tremendous weight being carried as your loved one attempts this veritably Sisyphean task.  Avoiding even the slightest favor asked can go miles to calm the overwhelmed psyche; it will be most advantageous and appreciated.  Do what we often fail to do: step inside their shoes and then ideate on what would help you most-


   Remember the Bar graders are lazy, lazy people who basically don’t read what you write but look to make sure you have the Point Headings and Buzz Words they’re looking for. So break everything up.  Point head the sh*t out of your essays and make it ridiculously easy for them to spot the words and phrases they need to see to give you those points.


   Practice, practice, practice.  Do as many of those twisted multiple choice questions as possible up until the day of the Bar.  Though there is no doubt that the writers of the MBE questions are truly sick individuals, they can only come up with so many different fact patterns.  Irrelevant details aside, there is a finite amount of ways they can work elements into a fact pattern. 

   The more you do, the more you will begin to recognize these patterns and the particular key words the MBE writers use to tip you off to a certain answer.  With an obscene amount of practice, you will feel like Neo discovering the Matrix for the first time and see through all the coded BS these sadists throw at us.  So practice.  Read carefully.  And practice some more.


   Altruism–and hope that karma treats you well because for this section, it’s every man, woman and child for themself.  Oh, and point headings where appropriate.

11 Responses to “The California Bar: 30% Law, 20% Composure, 50% Point Headings.”

  1. Susan @ Amour Dating Websites April 18, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    Taking the California Bar exam is not easy – people say compared to the bar exam, law school is like a bunch of quizzes. But its something you have to do so there is no point worrying about it, just get stuck in and work hard and you’ll be ok.

    • Al Pintor July 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      You are correct about the difficulty of the California Bar exam. I want to add that prospective candidates should beware of the Bar Made Easy review course. I am a victim of that program. I paid over $8,000 for personal tutoring and a 100% guarantee, which meant that they would continue to tutor me if I was not successful and would do so until I passed without further cost to me. Irene, one of the owners who responds to the calls made that promise to me. I sent her an email about a week before the results and she told me that she never promised me a 100% guarantee program. Not only did I not pass using their essay writing method, Irene instructed me with great clarity and conviction that I was not to use IRAC or state the rule of law except on the CPTs. She said that the graders did not read or care about the rule of law. Therefore it was a waste of time. Well, guess what? Look at the Feb 2011 essay model answers; all start with the rule of law. I am certain that the bar graders are still laughing at the way I wrote the answers to the essays. I knew all the law being tested; however, on Irene’s (owner and tutor) instructions, I did not state one rule of law on the essays. They fleeced me. I reported them to the State Bar. I have received the outcome of my complaint. So, be forwarned if you are trying to choose a bar review course; don’t become a victim of the Bar Made Easy scam.

      • J.D. St. Michaels August 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

        Thank you so much for input and warning to fellow Bar takers. The expense of taking the bar, plus classes etc. is way too high to throw away on a faulty program. The sharing of your experience is very much appreciated.


  2. Lesia Murr March 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Thank you for the fantastic posting. I’m glad I have taken time to see this.

  3. kimberly March 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    yeah nice

  4. J.D. St. Michaels February 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Uh, I don’t wanna study anymore. And to hell with Trusts and Wills.

  5. BJR4Incs February 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Btw, what the F is wrong with the people who write the MBEs?? These guys are SERIOUSLY disturbed. These are sick people. Just sick in the head.

    • JustinA1985 February 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

      I totally 2nd that!!! But in their defense, what was it, a month ago that a man and woman were arrested after getting electricuted when trying to steal some copper wire?? I nearly crapped my pants. People really ARE that stupid! LOL!!!

  6. BJR4Incs February 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    The Bar sucks. Good luck to everyone taking it in Feb!!

  7. Diane Lee February 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Jesus! Ok, because I thought I was literally losing my mind. Glad to know I’m not nuts or alone in that.

  8. Omri Greenburg February 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Damn. Well said JD. You’ve obviously been there. Im gonna have to find a way to anonymously pass this on to my parents and girlfriend. Hahaha. But really, I am. Thanks!

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