byag wrote:This is really helpful, thanks. What did your prep look like?
Overall, I pretty much just followed Barbri's schedule with the usual stuff thrown in: flash cards, mnemonic devices, etc. But for Florida, my prep wasn't typical at all. I only did a couple essays; I either outlined them or didn't do them at all (but I did read all of the answers to make sure I was on the right track). And for anyone taking Florida and using Barbri, I would recommend reading the essay answers (where applicable) from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners website instead of the Barbri essay answers. I don't know how other bar prep companies break down essay answers, but Barbri's are unnecessarily long and go into way too much detail. The selected answers on the Board's website give very succinct answers; they tell you exactly what you should have written down and nothing more.
Funnily enough, one of the Barbri lecturers recommended using the Board's essay answers instead of the ones supplied by Barbri. Truth be told, there isn't enough time to write a "Barbri answer" during an actual exam.
Anyway, I only ditched the essay prep because I needed to concentrate on my weaker area: the MBE and the other multiple choice. But Barbri's material will definitely prepare you for the FL portion (and I'd assume the same for Themis and Kaplan). But at the very least, make sure you know the "big picture"/most important rules for each subject (like holder in due course for Commercial Paper, permanency/termination of parental rights for Dependency, equitable distribution/parental responsibility for Family Law, attachment/perfection/priority for Secured Transactions, elements of a trust for Trusts, elements/execution/revocation of wills for Wills, etc.)
lapin wrote:Same... received mine today.
Nice. The wait is over!