A Quick Sanity Check With Bridget

The following guest entry comes from Bridget Haeg, a 2011 SLU LAW graduate:

At this point in the summer, you don’t want to read another paragraph. (Heck, you probably don’t even want to read another word unless it comes from US Weekly and requires minimal brainpower to comprehend.) So, to compromise, let’s review some bullet points to ease your mind — a “sanity check” of sorts:*

  • It’s ok to have added a Caffeine line to your monthly budget.
  • Yes, it is a fact: Laundry is infinitely more fun when you are simultaneously supposed to take a practice exam.
  • If you haven’t yet had the weeping-on-the-floor Major Breakdown, please schedule one immediately. You need to get it out of your system. It’s the new “detox,” and it works.
  • Practice this time-tested bar exam prep strategy cited in many psychological studies: Close your eyes, count backwards from 100 by twos until you reach zero. Then count back up to 100 by twos. Actually, I just made up this entire bullet point. But it distracted you from thinking about the bar for three seconds, which is all that matters.

See, you are still a rational person who CAN DO THIS! Hang in there.

-Bridget

*Who am I kidding? Nothing eases your mind at this point. Everyone prepping now – and everyone who has ever studied for this vicious exam– gets that. But maybe these words will provide a minute or two of contemplation that Life will resume in a few short days!

Should I Answer the MEE In Order?

I received an email asking this great question yesterday, so I wanted to share my thoughts on it with all of you.

The alum asked whether to answer the MEE questions in order or to skim all six questions and skip around based on level of comfort. My answer: Answer them in order.

Here’s why: Skimming an MEE question will probably take you about 5 minutes per question. Multiply that by 6 questions and you have spent 30 minutes (the length of an entire MEE question) just skimming the questions to determine where to start. I know it is very tempting to skim through and find a subject with which you are comfortable to begin your MEE. However, the reality is that you are going to have to answer all 6 questions anyway, so you are better to just plunge in on #1 and give it your all for 30 minutes and then move on.

That brings up another reminder: Make sure you move onto the next MEE question after 30 minutes is up. Each MEE question is graded by a different grader, so you do yourself a disservice by spending more than 30 minutes on a single MEE question. Question #6’s grader isn’t going to know that you spent 45 minutes on Question #3 and that is why your answer to Question 6 is so short and incomplete. Nor is Question #6’s grader going to cut you slack for that time management issue. Further, Question #6 might just be that awesome question for you that you knock out of the park and score a 10 on, so you don’t want to miss that opportunity by spending more than the allotted time on any other MEE question. Make sure to plan out your time at the beginning of the MEE and write down your 30 minute time increments so you know when you need to move onto the next question – and always remember that the question of your dreams (not nightmares) might be on that next page!

Good luck as you continue to work through your bar preparation and keep those questions coming!

July 13th Online Workshop Video and Materials

Thank you to all who came out this morning for our final Essay Workshop Series session!  For those who were not able to attend in person, the Mini Mock MEE has been uploaded to the Essay Workshop Website for you to download and complete.  Please give yourself 90 minutes to complete the Mini Mock MEE and then review it using the In-Class Review packet and online video of today’s workshop, all available on the Essay Workshop Website.

The link to the video of this today’s session is available on the Essay Workshop Website – we began the workshop by reviewing the Commercial Paper MEE, then did an open Q&A about the bar exam, and concluded with a review of the Mini Mock MEE.

Weekly Workshop Announcements

Two final reminders for the coming week:

(1) Our final Workshop session will be Saturday, July 13th, and it is a doozy!  We will review this Saturday’s Commercial Paper MEE, then take a Mini Mock MEE (3 questions), enjoy a boxed lunch provided by Alumni Relations, and immediately review the Mini Mock MEE answers.  Lastly, I will host an open Q&A on your bar exam study and logistics questions and send you on your way with handy Bar Exam Kits that I have put together with the allowed items for both the MO and IL exams. In order to make sure we have enough food and Bar Prep Kits, I would ask that you please RSVP for the July 13th Workshop Session using this link by Wednesday, July 10th at 5:00 p.m.

(2) I know many of you had scheduling issues that precluded you from turning in one or more of the assigned MPTs or MEEs for feedback.  I would like to offer you the opportunity to get some of that missed feedback as follows:
– You may submit any of the assigned MPTs that you missed no later than Thursday, July 11th at midnight.
– You may submit any of the assigned MEEs that you missed no later than Sunday, July 14th at midnight.
Please note: You must name your submissions as follows or they cannot be properly reviewed:
[Last name] – [BarBri/Kaplan/Themis/None] – [MPT Number or MEE Subject].doc

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

July 6 Online Video and Materials

Thank you to all who came out this morning for our fourth MEE session of the Essay Workshop Series!  For those who were not able to attend in person, the Commercial Paper MEE has been uploaded to the Essay Workshop Website for you to download and complete.  Please give yourself 30 minutes to complete the MEE in Microsoft Word, then save it as “[last name] – [bar prep company] – Comm Paper.doc” and email it to barprep@slu.edu by midnight tomorrow night (July 7th).

The link to the video of this morning’s session is also available on the Essay Workshop Website – we began the workshop by reviewing the Constitutional Law MEE and then took 30 minutes to complete the Commercial Paper MEE.

See you next Saturday!

Weekly Workshop Announcements

1)  Congrats to all who completed last week’s Con Law MEE!  I know all you BarBri folks were exhausted from your week of MBE review, so I commend you for still persevering through another practice MEE.  Prompt 2 threw a lot of people for a loop, so make sure to review the NCBE’s analysis (now posted on the Essay Workshop Website) to clear up how it was really two EPC issues in one prompt.

2)  Our next Workshop session is this Saturday, July 6th at 10:00 a.m. in Room 03.  We will begin by reviewing last week’s Con Law MEE (July 2011), and then we will take our fourth MEE – Commercial Paper (July 2008).   If you have already completed that MEE for your bar review company, don’t forget that you may still email it into barprep@slu.edu by midnight on Sunday, July 7th, to get additional feedback from myself or Prof. Goldsmith.

3) Our final Workshop session will be Saturday, July 13th, and it is a doozy!  We will review the Commercial Paper MEE, then take a Mini Mock MEE (3 questions), enjoy a boxed lunch provided by Alumni Relations, and immediately review the Mini Mock MEE answers.  Lastly, I will host an open Q&A on your bar exam study and logistics questions and send you on your way with handy Bar Exam Kits that I have put together with the allowed items for both the MO and IL exams. In order to make sure we have enough food and Bar Prep Kits, I would ask that you please RSVP for the July 13th Workshop Session using this link by Wednesday, July 10th at 5:00 p.m.

See you Saturday!