2018 February Illinois Bar

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RCinDNA
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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby RCinDNA » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:29 pm

Do you have access to BarBri or are you using old books?

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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby JarjarBinks2019 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:43 pm

Psyching yourself out will lead to a mental block, which will only lead to diminishing memory. I experienced debilitating anxiety the first time I took this exam (I was throwing up, getting dizzy, etc.) and that hindered my ability to remember the necessary rules, which is why I failed. Train yourself to control your anxiety before the bar exam - a little stress is good, but too much of it can be cancerous. The more you tell yourself this exam is simply a technicality to practice that you need to complete rather than a life defining venture, the better you will do - I guarantee it.

Practice is key to passing this exam.The essay questions and MBE questions will replicate what you practice - reading and listening to lectures won't be enough; if you don't have enough time to listen to lectures, read outlines and practice the questions - I recommend prioritizing practicing the questions.

The last two weeks before the exam are crucial - this is the final sprint - push hard and finish strong. You should be focused on memorizing and practice. At this point, if you're still listening to lectures, you are wasting your time.

Good luck!

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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby schow90 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:10 pm

RCinDNA wrote:Do you have access to BarBri or are you using old books?


I'm using old books.

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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby RCinDNA » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:01 pm

schow90 wrote:
RCinDNA wrote:Do you have access to BarBri or are you using old books?


I'm using old books.


OK - I was just asking because I found that BarBri's Admin Law outline focused on federal law whereas the lecture focused on Illinois Admin Law quirks under the IAPA. The BarBri outline was pretty good but not sure how often they even test that subject on the MEE so my gut told me to learn the IAPA for the state essays and then largely ignore it for the MEE. Quizlet had some flash cards you can use to start - https://quizlet.com/12860705/il-adminis ... ash-cards/.

I do practice questions both timed and untimed. I do them timed just to get used to applying the strategies under time pressure (i.e. actively read the facts, run through the rules, etc.) and then I do them untimed when I am familiarizing myself with the topic. I mean, you want to vary your practice and eventually do a lot of questions on multiple subjects untimed and relying on your memory, but you will burn yourself out if you don't acknowledge that that it is supposed to be an ongoing process of acquisition of knowledge <-> review <-> practice. I just notice that some other applicants cut out the "practice" part and freak TFO if their first exposure to knowledge does not lead to getting a rule ingrained (because I freaked out about that the first time) and they forget that it's the practice part that ingrains the rule, hence the whole "Do actual questions and outline essays" mantra.

Also, I understand about the anxiety. I have to keep reminding myself that thousands of people pass this test every administration and that if you look at the calendar, there is enough time to learn if you use the time wisely and with a plan. If it helps, I think if you switch tasks when you feel anxiety building up, you can feel more in control of your acquisition of knowledge. I mean, if you are bombing practice questions and start getting panicked, try switching to outlining a practice essay from memory and then look at your outline to see if you missed anything and then compare it to the model answer. Or do a run through your flash cards. Basically, switch to anything where the immediate feedback loop will rebuild your confidence and feeling of control. By doing this, you are constantly cementing these rules in your head so when you get to a question, the wrong answers just seem ridiculous. I like to switch off from the major MBE subjects (which can take forever to internalize) to the minor IEE subjects that you can knock out in 30 minutes of hard review (Equity, Suretyship, and Agency are some topics you can review once, outline an attack chart to memorize, and then barely touch them for weeks because they are not particularly hard) - that way some sort of progress is constantly being made.

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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby Megatron15 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:52 pm

Hi all, how much time are people spending studying federal tax?

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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby RCinDNA » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:09 pm

Megatron15 wrote:Hi all, how much time are people spending studying federal tax?


I am reading through that outline once, maybe making a chart and some flashcards, but not much more than 2-3 hours.

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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby JarjarBinks2019 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:59 pm

Does anyone have a strategy as to identifying MBE issue spotting?

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Re: 2018 February Illinois Bar

Postby RCinDNA » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:39 pm

JarjarBinks2019 wrote:Does anyone have a strategy as to identifying MBE issue spotting?


Actively read by writing mnemonics triggered by words on the page and looking for certain configurations (e.g. long fact pattern with a recording act means to look for dates, question with a bunch of dollar amounts indicates a contractual remedy question, very short evidence fact pattern = most likely hearsay or impeachment). Being very aggressive works better for me.




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