To all the people who left nice comments - thank you.
To those of you who told me I didn't study hard enough and that I have a drinking problem - get real.
This is a blog post where I ask for opinions. I'm expecting to get many comments, because you guys LOVE leaving me comments with your opinions when I don't ask for them!
After the initial shock/devastation wore off, I spent a good part of the day on Saturday looking at my score report.
The pass rate for the Illinois bar exam in July of 2010 was about 85%, which is what it generally is. The pass rate for the February 2011 exam was apparently around 70%. Just my freaking luck.
Guess who would have passed if the pass rate had been 85%? Yup.
To add further insult to injury - the exam was scaled much harder this time. I'm not sure if that's normal for the February vs the July exam, but it freaking sucks. In July I got 95 of the multiple choice questions correct, which gave me a scaled score of 121 points on the multiple choice section. I got SIX MORE questions correct this time, and my scaled score was THE EXACT SAME. UNREAL. I also did significantly better on the essays this time. If the tests had been scaled the same way, based on my raw scores I would have easily had the 264 points necessary to pass.
But anyway, as much as the above facts royally SUCK, there's nothing I can do about it now.
I knew several people who failed the July exam. And I even have one friend who unfortunately failed again this time too (poor us, ugh). Except for one we all took BarBri in the summer.
My biggest gripe with the re-take process was that BarBri offered absolutely ZERO guidance as to how to approach re-taking the exam. They literally sent you a new lecture book and that was it. I had several conversations with my friends who were re-taking about what our approach was going to be this time, aka how we were going to do it differently. Some went to the lectures again, most of us didn't. Some concentrated on the harder subjects like secured transactions, commercial paper, etc., some wrote more essays, some did more MBE practice. We were just kind of on our own for trying to figure it out.
I concentrated on practice essays since I didn't do very many of them the first time around. I did much better on the essays this time around, but obviously not well enough.
And to make matters worse, it's not like I did significantly worse on a certain area of law so I can know to concentrate on that. For example, I got 4 out of 5 points on the Evidence essay, but did terribly on the Evidence multiple choice questions. Exact opposite for torts... Got 23/33 of the torts multiple choice questions correct (68th percentile), but somehow managed to only get a 1/5 on the freaking torts essay. So very frustrating.
No matter whether I take the Illinois or Texas bar, I'm not fooling with BarBri again. Their $3,000 one size fits all approach obviously didn't work for me, so it's time to try something different.
I've done a little bit of research, but I'm not sure what I'm going to use this time.
There are some programs that are geared toward re-takers... did anyone out there fail and then use one of these programs to pass later?