It’s March 1st and the 2018 February California State Bar Exam is now behind me.
What a great feeling it is!
The experience of taking the two-day exam this time was like night and day compared to when I took the exam in July of 2017. This time I felt so prepared going into the exam. The past two and a half months of preparation (full-time) was building upon a foundation of learning that I had built from the first months-long test-prep experience in the spring/summer of 2017. That double preparation gave me a confidence that I just didn’t have the first time, and it manifested itself this time such that I almost felt comfortable during the testing (which – if you know anything about the CA Bar Exam – could sound like crazy talk). But it’s a welcomed change.
It wouldn’t be prudent for anyone to predict a win, or guarantee a victory, so I will not make that mistake here. The State Bar is too unpredictable (like the Superbowl). But I can say with confidence what I was not able to say the first time around: I am expecting to pass. This time, if I do not pass I will be utterly shocked.
Some of you may remember that I was very, very close to passing back in July – missing the mark by some measly 6.25 points (less than half a percentage point). I remember how I felt after each day of the exam that first time, and though I knew I didn’t bomb it, I was unsure – and had felt a little shaky on an essay, and didn’t like my performance test (PT) output at all. Yet, back then, I felt I had a chance – I think I even remember saying back then, “I have a respectable chance of passing” – and I think that was true. It turns out I did have a chance. But I fell a little bit short of the mark.
The CA Bar is a two-day exam. Day one is all essay writing. Day two is the ‘multistate’ MBE – two sessions of multiple choice examination.
THIS TIME, I know that I did significantly better on each of the five essays, and the PT this time was probably one of the best PT’s I’ve ever written. So, if I end up not passing, it won’t be due to the writing portion.
The MBE morning session was tough. There’s no denying it. But from talking with several people afterwards, I wasn’t alone in feeling a little uneasy about the morning session. The afternoon session MBE however, felt really good. I was much more on top of the exam – and so I was able to end strong. So all in all, as you may be able to tell from the tone of this post, I feel very hopeful, I feel very optimistic, I feel very grateful to be in this position. It took loads of hard work, arduous hours of preparation and practice – but as I’ve learned to say – I don’t have to study; I get to study. It’s a blessing and a privilege.
All of this simply would not have been possible without the love and support of my beautiful girlfriend. She was a rock through it all, and her sacrifice and patience means the world to me. I would also like to thank you – all of you who have been so kind and supportive through this long waiting period. You are appreciated – I’m humbled by it all.
Criminal Justice Reform
I’ve been under a rock for the past couple months, but I know enough of what’s been happening to know that there is so much work to be done. People are suffering right at this very moment under the weight of a broken and too often oppressive criminal justice system, and that’s not even mentioning blatant wrongful convictions.
It’s good to be back. Now it’s back to work.
These are the essay topics they sprung on us this time: