Another exciting Saturday night spent with my books.
I have the MPRE (Multi-state Professional Responsibilities Exam) coming up on November 7th. That is the first part of taking the Bar. They encourage students to take it as soon as possible after taking Professional Responsibilities, which I did over the summer, so here I am.
Unfortunately, I got my worst grade in law school in that course. The prof was quite useless and the exam was so horribly written, I knew that I had done poorly. The material isn’t that complicated and there are actually rules, which I never would have really understood from that class. That is, we looked at rules, but the prof spent most of his time talking about how in the real world you could work around them. He seemed fixated on never letting a client get away if you could possibly finagle a way of getting him/her. Lower your rates! Do whatever the client wants! Can’t let a dollar out of your grasp! Ugh.
So, I have been, essentially, teaching myself everything the prof didn’t teach us. For example, who knew there are questions about the rules for judges on the exam? No one in my class would have since the prof never mentioned that. Or that you can say you specialize in one kind of law (the prof said you can’t use the word “specialize” or its variants ever — I asked that question specifically — turns out that is an older interpretation of the rule that conflates two separate parts of the rule); however, you can’t say you are a certified specialist unless you have been certified by the appropriate body. Or that there are few restrictions on advertising (content) by lawyers (1st Am. rules; can’t be misleading, must include name and address), but solicitation is another beast entirely and is very restricted.
Lots of rules, lots of details, and lots of studying.
Add to that I want to read ahead so that I have time next weekend to enjoy the visit of John & Sammy. Yes, that means another Saturday night at home, in the books. Sigh.