I used to think that the curved grading in law school was lousy, particularly for part-time students with full-time jobs and families, because it was so dependent on intelligence, time spent on studying, etc. I had classmates whose employers were paying for them to go to school and then giving them two weeks off before finals whereas I was working all day and rushing to the exam just in time to sit there from 6-10p and pray that my prep had paid off. Oh, yes, and always super ill at exam time.
At my current law school, there is NO curve. You are graded against the standards of the California Bar on essays and they use Cal Bar MCQs for the multiple choice portions. Easy right? No…. The MCQs are insanely tricky and just when you think you know what you are talking about, bam, the answers post and you have totally failed. Unlike traditional law school, this school offers quizzes and essay exams throughout the course, each type of which make up 20% of the grade with the exam itself making up 60% of the grade. Yes, I am grateful to have the chance to test my knowledge but I feel really incompetent right now. :S I have to wonder if others are struggling like I am. I feel like I’m ready and understand and then they present a question that totally throws me.
To move onwards and upwards, I have purchased the Finz Multistate Method workbook that has about 100 MCQs per multistate exam topic. This has helped with Real Property and Con Law. It’s just finding time to work through them when I also have so much reading to do. I’ve also purchased a bar exam essay book to practice essay writing to Bar standards.
I feel so down right now because I feel like I keep hitting my head against a wall. Plus, no pressure, if I don’t pass any one of these courses, I would have to REPEAT THE WHOLE YEAR! (This is a CA requirement). I am so stressed about this. Why am I putting myself through this hell? To make it even more fun, when I do have finals, I have TWO on the same day! Property and Criminal Procedure are about 4 hours apart in start times. Fortunately Con Law is two days after that and my Cyberlaw class is actually two weeks prior, which is odd.
Anyone have thoughts, advice, tips (quit?!? Hide?!?). Since everything has to be a Bar answer, how did you prepare for the Bar? Any good resources, strategies, etc., would be most appreciated.