Friday, 14 November 2008


Passed the New York Bar exam!

Realised the pass rate for foreign students like myself is only about 50% - glad I didn't know that when I went in.

Feeling very relieved!

ETA: Heard unfortunate news of a friend, or friend of a friend, who took the Bar Exam this July as well, but didn't pass. This was his third attempt having also failed in February 2008, and July 2007. Very sad as not only is he spending $3500 and 3 months on each attempt, most law firms will only really give you two shots to pass the Bar and so job prospects significantly reduce at this point, or so I'm told anyway.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

The joy of advocacy

Seems to be very quiet on the blogging front - is everyone hibernating?

The biggest surprise for me on the BVC so far is how bad I am at advocacy. Shockingly bad. I lead in examination in chief, can't move questioning along without useless questions, don't ask 'tight' enough questions in cross and generally don't seem to be too convinced by my own submissions.

This is a surprise to me because, having gone into the BVC because I was attracted to advocacy I may have assumed I would have some sort of natural talent. Alas, no!

I may also need to work harder at it. Natural talent would only take you so far, in any case.