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2 hours ago, chezjackie said:

Ugh anyone else having horrible thoughts thinking they failed the barrister? When do the results come out, and are there any tell-tale signs to know whether you failed? What are some speculations about the passing rate/grade? 

Everyone is having those thoughts, you aren't alone! results come out 6 weeks after solicitors.

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RANT:

I'm terrified for the solicitor exam. I thought the bar was the easier of the two and I'm really unsure if I passed or failed that one. I haven't taken solicitor-type courses other than business organizations, employment, and real estate, so I don't have any of the foundational knowledge I relied on to answer questions in the bar. I don't know how I'll keep the required pace for the solicitors exam. 

/RANT.

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17 hours ago, StuOttYa said:

RANT:

I'm terrified for the solicitor exam. I thought the bar was the easier of the two and I'm really unsure if I passed or failed that one. I haven't taken solicitor-type courses other than business organizations, employment, and real estate, so I don't have any of the foundational knowledge I relied on to answer questions in the bar. I don't know how I'll keep the required pace for the solicitors exam. 

/RANT.

Lol, I feel like taking real estate gives you a huge advantage though? 

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On 6/15/2019 at 1:18 PM, StuOttYa said:

RANT:

I'm terrified for the solicitor exam. I thought the bar was the easier of the two and I'm really unsure if I passed or failed that one. I haven't taken solicitor-type courses other than business organizations, employment, and real estate, so I don't have any of the foundational knowledge I relied on to answer questions in the bar. I don't know how I'll keep the required pace for the solicitors exam. 

 /RANT.

Feeling exactly the same way. 

 

Has anyone encountered any "Real-Estate Law 101" type articles/blogs that they would recommend to better understand this material?

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On 6/15/2019 at 1:18 PM, StuOttYa said:

RANT:

I'm terrified for the solicitor exam. I thought the bar was the easier of the two and I'm really unsure if I passed or failed that one. I haven't taken solicitor-type courses other than business organizations, employment, and real estate, so I don't have any of the foundational knowledge I relied on to answer questions in the bar. I don't know how I'll keep the required pace for the solicitors exam. 

/RANT.

I'm in the same boat over here for solicitor. tbh I'll be going into the exam without having read all of the materials - I still have 200-300 pages to go and can't manage to get through more than 20-30 pages a day. I haven't taken any solicitor classes other than tax and have had several breakdowns trying to read these materials due to extreme boredom. I honestly felt that carefully reading all the material for the barrister's didn't help and I still had to look everything up (overall I felt the barristers was fine though), so I'm just going to rely on charts and wing this one to preserve my sanity

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7 hours ago, anonymouslawyer said:

I'm in the same boat over here for solicitor. tbh I'll be going into the exam without having read all of the materials - I still have 200-300 pages to go and can't manage to get through more than 20-30 pages a day. I haven't taken any solicitor classes other than tax and have had several breakdowns trying to read these materials due to extreme boredom. I honestly felt that carefully reading all the material for the barrister's didn't help and I still had to look everything up (overall I felt the barristers was fine though), so I'm just going to rely on charts and wing this one to preserve my sanity

The breakdown from extreme boredom is definitely a thing. 8 hours of pure rules a day is mental torture. 

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On 6/16/2019 at 6:50 AM, grishamlaw said:

Lol, I feel like taking real estate gives you a huge advantage though? 

Yah very glad I took real estate. Wouldn't say it's a huge advantage tho. I don't even understand some of the business stuff.

Is anyone practicing calculations?

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8 hours ago, VitaminD said:

😥I am so not looking forward to this tomorrow...

I feel you

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1 hour ago, judaspriestmakinthelaw said:

Anyone else not sleep at all last night? Yikes 

You're not alone, couldn't sleep before the barristers either 

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On 6/5/2019 at 11:24 PM, Ester said:

I heard rumors that grading is kind of curved too. 

Thank you its good to know at least that they don’t except thousand students get 85%.

but we dont really know we should wait and see. I guess the results will be out end of July sometime.

 

This rumour pops up every time there is an exam sitting. It is just that, a rumour. If you read through the LSO website they tell you exactly how the exams are graded. (hint: not on a curve)

Using best practices for licencing exams, the passing grade is determined ahead of time but not published. In theory everyone writing can pass or everyone writing can fail. 

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They use the Angoff method for marking the exams, similar to most other exams. There is no curve.

Pass rates that have been released have pass rate at 83% (2013-2016).

This information is all available on the LSO website. 

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the solicitor went exactly how i thought it would go..pressed for time and lots of educated guesses. However it wasn't as bad as other ppl made it out to be..i guess now we wait. 

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Don't know whether I should feel relieved or worried at this point 

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Felt fairly confident that I’d pass after the morning session. The afternoon though ... ripped me a new one 

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