February 2012 California Bar Exam: Rehash About The Rehash

Hello All,

First of all, thank you to all who have been following the blog. And thank you to all who have written me personally. It is humbling to have such a large audience and I greatly appreciate your following.

I know some are waiting for a “rehash” of day three’s exams (at least some of you are – although, I am sure many would like nothing more than to not think about it at all.  And by now, maybe you have forgotten day three’s essays). In any case, a rehash there shall be.

I received many emails about day three’s exams. However, the recollections provided of the fact patterns have varied quite a bit. This makes providing a rehash (without the benefit of actually seeing the essays) pretty challenging. I pride myself on providing high quality content. And, the last thing I want to do is to ruin someone’s day by suggesting that they interpreted an essay (that I have not yet even seen) incorrectly.

So, I have decided to share with you some of what I believe to be the better breakdowns provided by actual examinees (with my own thoughts added – I will let you know when it is me and when it is an examinee’s interpretation of what was tested).

The California bar examiners are due to release the past questions (all essays and performance tests) any day now. At that point, I will be in a much better situation to provide my own interpretation of what issues were required.

However, in the meantime, I thought it would be helpful to share some of what I have received from some of the many examinees who took the time to write to me.

In addition to examinees writing in with their descriptions of what was tested, I have received many emails asking specific questions about the last exam. I believe that some of these these questions would be useful and so I will also post some of your fellow examinees’ questions (along with my answers). I will keep all email addresses private, of course.

I am still willing to address questions by email at: pass@barnonereview.com

I commit a certain number of hours each week to addressing questions at no charge and take all questions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Good luck to all who are waiting for bar results!  It can be a painfully slow wait to May 18th . . . hang in there!


Lisa Duncanson

Bar None Review