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JT in Uganda September 12, 2007

Posted by Victoria in Uncategorized.
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I’m not sure if anyone is still reading this, but I wanted to post a link to my brother’s blog.  He’s in Uganda for a year, the recipient of a generous scholarship from the Rotary Club, pursing a Master’s degree at Makerere University and living in the Kampala community.  He has a background in non-profit work (he used to work for the Bank Information Center, a World Bank watchdog group) and he spends part of his time speaking to groups about the Rotary Club and his work at the BIC.

I’m obviously biased, but I find his posts about daily life and his travels in the region (most recently to Sudan), incredibly interesting and thoughtful.  Most of us are starting our legal jobs, and his work sounds worlds away from what I imagine most of us are doing…

http://jtinuganda.blogspot.com/ 

I’ve lost my mind. July 20, 2007

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From the facebook group Bar Exam LOLcats

Famous people who failed the bar. It’s like looking into my future. July 18, 2007

Posted by Chicago Typewriter in Bar Exam.
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Famous bar failures.

Maybe there’s hope after all…

I sympathize July 9, 2007

Posted by Victoria in Bar Exam.
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One of the search terms that brought someone to this blog  yesterday was “bar exam and scared and 2007.”   If you are that person, I am with you. 🙂

Sighting July 8, 2007

Posted by Victoria in bar review, Barbri, Roger Schechter.
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This is like the lamest, dorkiest version of the Gawker Stalker or Wonk’ed sightings, but I saw Roger Schecter (BarBri Torts) at the GW law school the other day and it gave me the lamest, dorkiest thrill.  I’m starting to lose it, aren’t I???  Apparently, upon some further stalking, he has his own Facebook group, which, while small, appears devoted.

one would think… June 20, 2007

Posted by Jacob in bar review, Barbri, Uncategorized.
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…that if they were going to take off whole points from essay grades when you don’t cite Extract provisions, all the lecturers wouldn’t be so lackadaisical in their advice about extract use ("just use it as an issue checklist, you should just answer based on your knowledge, maybe you could pick up a bit of organizational credit"). Wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you?

I guess a graded essay with a score of "3" is their way of putting us – from the shaking heads I saw around the auditorium, all of us – on notice. Surely there’s a better way.

See also Corporations questions on LLCs and partnerships; Corporations lecturers who spend no time on LLCs and partnerships.

Unexpected Truths: The Fallacy of Hard Tests June 19, 2007

Posted by Jay Goodman Tamboli in Bar Exam.
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Unexpected Truths: The Fallacy of Hard Tests:

“Was it all multiple choice?” I asked. “And how did they grade it?” I was thinking of my own exams. “Did they count only the right answers.?”

When he said Yes to all the questions questions, I did not have the heart to tell him what I knew as a mathematical certainty—that the exam was, like most graduate medical exams, and large parts of legal licensing bar exams in most states , virtually a complete fraud.

The reason these tests are fraudulent—and the harder they are, the more they are fraudulent—is that for an extremely difficult test graded in that way, guessing tends to count much more than knowledge.

Read the whole thing. I guess the lesson is: stop studying and start praying.

Distractions June 18, 2007

Posted by Victoria in Distraction, Mike Gravel, Presidential Campaign.
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Have you seen this?

Or, what about this?

I am totally baffled. Amused. But baffled. Gravel claims they’re a metaphor, but I don’t know if I buy it. Some commentators have suggested the rock in the first video represents Iraq, while the “lighting a fire” thing in the second video seems a little trite. I think it may be some goofy filmmakers taking the piss out of him. The comments to the videos are hilarious: “Its refreshing to see a candidate who gets it” says armyguy001.

Riiiight.

My God, it’s full of stars… June 18, 2007

Posted by Chicago Typewriter in bar review, Barbri.
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I was looking over the review notes for the Illinois Civ Pro lecture today, and it was all blank spaces.  In most of the review notes, there is an occasional missing word or phrase, and you just fill it in.  No so with today; I’ll pretty much just be writing from start to finish, which is ok except my handwriting looks like cuneiform done by a drunk monkey.My dilemma is: do I write it out, or do I type?  If I type, then I’ll be checking my email, IMing, and posting to this blog at the same time.  This means I won’t be learning much at all (see, e.g., my 1L year, my 2L year, and the first two days of BarBri).  If I write, then it will be almost totally unusable once the short-term memory of the lecture fades. 

Further Loss of Productivity June 14, 2007

Posted by Victoria in AbovetheLaw, Georgetown, Graduation, Nina Totenberg, Speaker.
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Wondering how this became a matter of national debate…