Well, the July 2008 Bar Exam is over and I’ve mostly recovered, thanks to some good meals and some good wine (more on those, later). I don’t want to say much about the exam, from sheer superstitious paranoia, but here are a few impressions…
Day one is essay day. Three Illinois essays in the morning (90min), followed by the Multi-state Preformance Test (90min) and then three hours of Multi-state Essay Examination in the afternoon. That equates to a whole lotta writing. And to someone like me, who types for a living (essentially) it sure sucked. My hand was numb by the end of the day, and I’m just getting over the soreness. Seriously, Illinois limited the number of people who could take it on a laptop to 800. Out of nearly 4,000 people taking the exam. That *has* to change. Either that, or Barbri needs to include one of those hand grip exercise things.
Day two is multiple choice. Believe it or not, it’s harder than the essays. At least for me. I’m not going to go into content or how I think I did. I’ll just say that the essays were easier than I thought, and the morning of the Multi-state Bar Exam was much harder than I thought. Overall, I suppose it balanced out to a pretty tough exam. How’d I do? I honestly have no idea.
That’s the worst of it. The test was July 29-30. I get my results sometime in mid-October. *That* is truly the worst thing about the Bar Exam.