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Month: July, 2013

That’s LAWkward…


Bar Exam Barbie

Don’t get me wrong, sitting in Barbri (and law school for that matter) ranks up there with sitting in the dentist’s chair as far an entertainment or cruel and unusual punishment goes. But occasionally there is a big of law humor thrown in there to spice things up. And we’re not talking the daily Aggie jokes (sorry ATM friends) that get resounding laughter from everyone but the kids decked out in their undergrad maroon. People make fun of my undergrad too, just roll with it.

But there are the terms in the legal world that you just wonder how someone could ever get up in front of a jury or judge, or Barbri class, and say them with a straight face. And for that record, how could someone actually make that a professional term? What were you THINKING?


So in a joint effort to post, and do a little vocabulary…

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Barbri vs. Kaplan

I’m deep in the throes of bar study, so I won’t have a lot of time to go into detail, but I would like to say this:

I like Kaplan better than Barbri, at least for the MBE.

I have both programs, access to both programs’ web materials, etc.

Barbri has a convoluted way of giving you the material, whereas Kaplan is much more straightforward. Kaplan was cheaper, too. Go figure. If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t have bothered with Barbri. It’s just that everyone says that Barbri is tried and true and to go with the leader of the bar prep companies. I did, but I also got the Kaplan program.

I found that Kaplan’s presentation of the MBE material is a lot simpler, clearer, and their website is better with regard to multiple choice questions and letting you know which topics and subtopics you need more work on. The question bank on Kaplan’s website is really great and provides a lot more flexibility with what you want to study. Barbri’s MC online is broken up into their “question sets.” You either do a set of 17 or 36 in a single subject, or you can do sets in all 6 mixed subjects. Kaplan lets you do as many questions as you want or as few questions as you want. Say, for example, you just feel like squeezing in 5 torts questions. No problem. Or, if you would like to do a 17 question set of mixed torts and property to focus in on your weaknesses, just 2 MBE subjects rather than all 6, no problem. Barbri doesn’t give you that kind of flexibility.

I hate how Barbri words their multiple choice questions. I have to read them like twice just to figure out what the hell they’re asking. They’ve got the most unnecessarily convoluted way of  writing the body of the question and it’s really unrealistic as compared to the bar. Now, I know the Barbri and Kaplan questions are supposed to be harder than the ones on the bar, so that when you get to the bar, you score higher than you ever did on the practice questions. This is true. You will score above and beyond what you scored while doing those practice questions. However, what I’m trying to say is that Barbri’s questions are clunkily-worded whereas Kaplan’s are not so, yet the level of difficulty is the same. Essentially, Barbri puts you thorough the ringer and frustrates you more, while Kaplan doesn’t do that to you. Plus, Kaplan’s review books present the material in a more broken down form. If you like flow charts and lots of visuals, Kaplan is right for you.

Bar Exam Mnemonics

I’m always looking for some good bar exam mnemonics. There are a few great ones that some of the barbri instructors provide, but I would like to see more. Here’s a list of a few that I can think of at the moment and I’ll add more as I think of them. Some of these are a little off-color, but the shock value is what makes them memorable.

Secured Transactions

A Crispy Apple Pie Provides Perfect Dessert – when doing an Article 9 essay, here are the steps for analysis

A – Attachment

Crispy – Classify Collateral

Apple – Attachment

Pie – Parties (identify them)

Provides – Perfection

Perfect – Priority

Dessert – Default (rights upon)


Warranties of Title – the first three are pre-closing, the last three are post-closing.

Seasoned Convicts Come Quietly, What Fucking Assholes or Seasoned Convicts Engage in Quiet Whisper For Assistance

1) Seisin 2) Right to Convey 3) Encumbrances 4) Quiet Enjoyment 5) Warranty 6) Further Assurances

Federal Procedure

Personal Jurisdiction analysis – My Parents Frequently Forgot to Read Children’s Stories / Mary Prefers Facial, Frequently Requesting Cum Shots

Minimum Contacts
-Purposeful Availment
Fair Play and Substantial Justice
–States interest

Statute of Frauds
Marriage, Year, Land, Executor, Goods $500+, Surety

The 10 People You Meet at Starbucks While Studying for the Bar

I’m going to do my own version of YOLaw’s most recent post. I think he’s hilarious. What’s really funny is that bar study is essentially the same around the world. I’m here in the American desert and YOLaw is based in the Philippines, but if I didn’t know he was in the Philippines, I’d have thought he was studying at the Starbucks around the corner from my apartment. I could use a little comic relief on my blog. I attempted some by posting that meme featuring Lumburgh from Office Space last week. I’m still laughing at it!

So here it goes in very short form, and not nearly as hilarious as YOLaw’s rendition:

The 10 People You Meet at Starbucks While Studying for the Bar

  1. The homeless guy who goes into the restroom and takes a shower in the sink.
  2. People that appear to be working really super hard at absolutely nothing while being highly pretentious about it. You know the whole “don’t even look my way because you’re so below the level of what I’m doing right now” look.
  3. Guys that try to start up a conversation with a girl who is sitting by herself. That girl is always me.
  4. People that have a book in the left hand and some excessively over-sugary extra-whipped-creamed domed-top iced drink in the right hand, acting as though they’re reading when that can’t be possible because the noise level is at about a dull roar.
  5. People who have earphones in and think the rest of the world has disappeared. Offensive bodily functions galore.
  6. The guy who sits right in the middle of the 3-seater couch, leaving no personal space for anyone else who may be looking for a comfortable seat.
  7. The girl who is talking loudly on her cell phone, making every detail of her private life known to all those who enjoy coffee.
  8. Awkward coffee dates stemming from an online dating site. Hey, online dating works! I know a few couples who have met and married and have online dating to thank.
  9. The person who creates a fortress of books, turning Starbucks into a law library rather than going to a real library.
  10. The person who is tired of the library and just needs a change of scenery and interaction with the non-bar-exam-study world. That’s me.