The Binjo Ditch has completed the July 2007 Texas Bar Exam.
I'd like to say I kicked the Bar's tail, but that's not entirely the case. There were parts of the exam where I felt very comfortable with the answers I was giving. However, there were parts where I'd read a fact pattern several times and still not have any of the words stick in my head.
The analogy of the bar with a marathon seems to be quite appropriate. After about 30 minutes on the multistate, you stop worrying about what the rule of law says, and instead look to see which answer seems most plausible. On many of the questions, you look at the answer choices and say "none of those are the right answer," and you're right. Then there are questions so obvious you look at it and think you must have gotten it wrong because it couldn't be that easy. Finally, there are questions that you look at and say "choice A is so obviously wrong. It doesn't even belong in the answer choices. Why is it there? Is this a trick question? Is that really the right answer? (expletive deleted)!"
The essay was not much different. I got done answering the morning session, looked at my first essay answer, couldn't figure out what the topic was, decided I had the best answer I could think of, finished up, then in the afternoon had two questions on the topic that I thought I'd answered with my first essay in the morning. That's not a good feeling.
Fortunately, you can miss an entire essay and still get enough points to pass the bar. Additionally, I didn't feel like I lost it. I did my best; I prepared the best I could, and that's about it. I think I did ok; but we won't know until November.