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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…

Lolcats and Bar review lolcats on Facebook. June 13, 2007

Posted by Victoria in Bar Exam, bar review, facebook, lolcats.
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Just so you know. Not my doing, but I approve.

Search for Bar Review Lolcats and feel free to join.

margin doodles, err, Con Law flashcards June 12, 2007

Posted by Jacob in Barbri, flashcards.
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I got up way too early and had way too little coffee for Con Law today. So I kept myself awake by reviving my abortive career as a visual artist.

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Goodbye, productivity June 12, 2007

Posted by Chicago Typewriter in bar review.
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The law school at which I’m taking my Barbri classes has given us internet access.  I’m toast for the bar exam, but at least I’ll be able to post.For a while there, it looked like we weren’t going to get any service, so this is nice.  I almost starting bringing my own toilet paper to the bathroom in order to prove  a point. 

week 4: brain check/fakeout June 11, 2007

Posted by Jacob in bar review, Barbri, Uncategorized.
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Just when you thought the lectures are in a downward spiral of unbearableness, you notice that someone 4 rows ahead of you is watching a DVD. Not just checking the ESPN, maintaining an iChat, or incessantly texting a Significant Other, but full-on Watching A Movie. Ok, so it’s Legally Blonde, but come on, that won’t really help you with the Maryland distinctions for Crim. (Screenwriters couldn’t even get the prevailing party right in basic-ass Gordon v. Steele, anyone remember Day 1 of Schrag? /dork)

So you start thinking to yourself, Awesome, that’s one person who isn’t gonna be doing better than me!

And then you realize it’s just the 10-year-old kid of the woman taking studious notes next to her. Oh well…

week 3 + internet = more lolprep June 8, 2007

Posted by Jacob in Barbri, flashcards, lolcats.
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Vic started it…

Why yes, yes it is the end of week 3 for some of us BarBrites. The spirits they do flag and the mind it do wander. Especially when Baltimore feels like the inside of an oven and you’ve just sat through Day 2 of a Civ Pro lecturer so boring he makes you long for Schrag and his Paula Jones impression… (Oh, Roll…!)