MBE score

Thank you to my readers who posted comments to congratulate me on passing the bar!! Hopefully I can return the favor when the remaining states release their results!! Especially California.

I finally received my scaled MBE score. I scored a 144 in February 2008 – 5 points above my last (and previous best) score of 139. Not bad! At least I know my MBE strategy wasn’t a one-time fluke; it really does work.

I know I mentioned taking the Texas bar exam, but I think I’m going to retire from taking any bar exams ever again. I would rather just take a federal attorney job in Texas and then waive into the Texas bar when I become eligible for reciprocity. I used to live in Texas and I have family still living there, so that was my reason for considering the Texas bar. However, after the stress and agony of taking four bar exams in a row and waiting several months at a time for results to be released, fully convinced I’d failed, I’ve definitely had enough.

There are lots of things I want to do with my life now. I want to travel and I want to snowboard (almost) every weekend this coming winter. I want to go fishing, hiking, backpacking, and camping in the summers. I want to swim in long-distance open-water races again. I want to participate in my favorite activities and hobbies, pursue new interests, and try new things. I feel like I’ve given up so much and put so many things on hold the last two years as I took bar exam after bar exam, and I’m tired of that. It’s not worth taking yet another bar exam. It was SUCH a relief to find out that I passed this bar exam, because if I hadn’t, I’d probably have to take it again next February if I couldn’t find a federal attorney job or move back to Colorado. Plus, my sister and I are planning a backpacking trip to Europe next year and that would have been completely wrecked if I hadn’t passed. I feel like I haven’t seen as much of my family and close friends in the last two years because I was always busy studying for the bar. I miss them and I plan to see them much more often now. In fact I am planning to take at least one week off between my jobs to go visit my family. It’s things like that which I don’t want to give up for the bar exam. There is more to life than the stupid bar exam, and I feel that I lost sight of that along the way.

For those of you who must continue this cruel dance, you have my complete sympathy. I have been in your same exact shoes, but there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. You will be on the “other side” someday. Just don’t give up. Change your strategy, even change states. All you need is your license in ONE state. Then you can become a federal attorney and practice in your home state. There are tons of federal attorney jobs out there. Check out http://www.usajobs.opm.gov. Sign up for the e-mail job alerts to learn about federal attorney opportunities. Consider becoming a Paralegal Specialist for the federal government – I understand it is just like being an attorney, but without the license.

As for this blog, I’m still going to leave it up, and I’m sure I’ll post on here every now and then. My next step for now is to go through my entire blog and clean it up, reorganizing some parts. Then I will try to post most if not all of my bar prep materials on here. Some materials will be MBE-related, but others will be CO-specific. I don’t think I have much to offer for this state’s essay portion because I totally winged that. I don’t really know how I passed that portion, so I’m definitely not in a position to offer advice.

I’ll try to do all the above within the next couple of weeks, just in time for the next round. In the meanwhile, please always feel free to e-mail me at frustratedbarexaminee@gmail.com!

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11 thoughts on “MBE score

  1. Sorry to break some bad news to you about waiving into Texas, but see the following:

    Rule XIII
    Attorneys From Other Jurisdictions

    (a) An attorney holding a valid, active law license issued by another state shall meet the requirements imposed on any other Applicant under these Rules, except that:
    (1) An attorney holding a valid, active law license issued by another state is eligible for exemption from the requirement of successfully completing the Texas Bar Examination, if the attorney:
    (A) has been actively and substantially engaged in the lawful practice of law in any state or elsewhere as his/her principal business or occupation for at least five of the last seven years immediately preceding the filing of the application;
    (B) has a J.D. degree from an approved law school; and
    (C) has not failed the Texas Bar Examination.

    Thus, if you have failed Texas, you will not be able to wave in. Sorry.

  2. Actually, I’ve never taken the Texas Bar Exam so I’ve never failed it either. I failed the Colorado Bar twice but passed on the third try, and I’ve also passed the bar exam in another state (not Texas). So I should be able to waive into Texas when I become eligible. Thanks for pasting the info, I was actually wondering if I wouldn’t be able to waive into TX if I took and failed the TX bar. Now I know, and I definitely will NOT take the TX bar. Thanks for the info! πŸ™‚

  3. So glad you passed and came through your surgery well. Thanks for your comments. I only hope I can have the same sort of news to share this weekend! πŸ™‚

  4. Please tell me you are attributing your past MBE success to the Strategies and Tactics book. It gives me some degree of hope at this moment…

  5. I am so happy for you!!! I will be posting soon, so keep checking back! It’s been a crazy journey and I’ve really enjoyed your blog. I’m gonna miss it if you don’t continue it!!

    Hope you’re doing well post-surgery and drinkin’ lots of vino… =)

  6. Blondie, yes I am attributing my success on the MBE to the S&T book! That book has been my Holy Book for the last two bar exams. I didn’t even use my BarBri, etc simulated MBE books. I only used that book and my MBE software (Study Group and Study Smart)… I barely used MicroMash.

    Blawgin, yay you passed too! I was SO excited to read your blog and find out you’d passed!!! Congrats! πŸ™‚ Oh, no booze by the way, it doesn’t mix with Vicodin. πŸ™‚

  7. Sorry for my lateness, but congrats!!!
    And seriously, I don’t know if I would have passed the MBE portion if I hadn’t stumbled upon your blog last November. Thank you for sharing your experiences!!!
    Best of luck in your future endeavors!!!!
    πŸ™‚

  8. It’s late, but congratulations!! I’m so glad that you were successful. I haven’t had the chance to read your other recent posts, but looks like you also had surgery?? I hope you are feeling better.

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