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Sunday, November 7, 2010

A lawyer walks into a bar...

Today I watched a documentary called A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar. It follows the stories of six JDs working hard to pass the California Bar Exam (touted as the most difficult bar exam, with only a 36-39% passage rate). True to statistics only two of the JDs end up passing. And, I must say, it was the two who I felt deserved to pass the bar on account of them being the least annoying. God, law students are so annoying.

Anyway, if you have Netflix (and really, you should, it's the best bang for your buck TV-wise these days), you can find this documentary on there. I've posted the trailer below to ensnare your interest.  Maybe this show won't interest most of you, but I found it very heartening to watch, because I see in these JDs many of the same emotions that I have been going through in my own law school adventures. Namely, manic hysteria. It makes me feel better to see other people like that too.




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9 comments:

Sovknight said...

I think the trailer actually hooked me. I will put it in the Q.

I briefly thought the lady on the couch in the trailer was you.

This looks cool. Thanks. :)

Sovknight said...

I went ahead and watched it. Some thoughts:

One, I wish you were here so that we could discuss. I so badly want to talk about it with you.

Two, I laughed when that Lisa Kudrow-looking actress bitch got her comeuppance the first time. Hated her.

Three, I'm really curious as to why Old Guy can't pass the bar. There has to be some serious defect with some aspect of his ability.

Why didn't the latino chick get to sit for the test the first time? I didn't understand the reason.

The was an amazing film. I'm so glad you recommended it. THANKS!

Sra said...

I'm glad you liked it. I was pleasantly pleased with it myself (can one even say that?). The girl on the couch was the one I identified with the most, even though she's kinda kooky. I liked that scene where's she's on the couch, because she's having an hysterical hilarity breakdown, and it's pretty funny. I feel that way a lot.

I know about Lisa Kudrow, right? I wanted to smack that bitch for being so sure of herself. I laughed when one of the women who passed the bar talked about the problem that looked like a UCC problem, but the UCC actually didn't apply and she hoped no one fell for that, and then Lisa Kudrow was all, "yeah I totally applied the UCC, and then said how common law would differ" -- ha, sucker! If you think you nailed it, you totally didn't.

As for mister 42 times, I think he's probably a really bad writer. You can have the legal principles down pat, but if you can't present them in a manner that will communicate your knowledge and application and competency to the exam grader, you are SOL. That guy should just give up, meiner meinung.

As for Latina, she went to a non-ABA-accredited law school. You can do that and take the bar, but ABA has certain requirements, and if your school is not accredited, you may unwittingly fail to meet some of those requirements simply because your school does not force you to do them. I don't actually know about the ABA requirements (I leave it alone since my school is accredited and I figure they handle that shit for me). My understanding was that she didn't take enough semester hours each semester to make it fly, but I don't really know why that should preclude her from sitting for the bar if she met the total hours -- no idea.

Altogether, I think this documentary gives a pretty honest look at the law school experience... even though it's really about bar prep and legal practice and not so much about law school. But I can identify with it for sure.

Sovknight said...

I got to thinking about Mister 42 this morning, and I had an idea.

He hired Lamborghini Guy to help him study and fix his technique right? So LG tells him to write up a couple paragraphs and present it. When LG reads them, you can see the look of horror cross his face and he tells him that his writing is piss-poor. Then you never see LG again.

My thought is that Mr. 42 has probably been told time and time again what his problem is, but he won't listen. He seemed like the nicest, sweetest old guy ever on film, but I bet he's a raging dick who never takes criticism. If you've taken the bar exam 42 fucking times and still not passed, THERE IS A PROBLEM. At what point do you realize that maybe you aren't meant to be something? I think he should just give it up.

Sovknight said...

Oh, and yes I admit I also identified Couch Girl with you. There is a vague physical resemblance, but she is obviously crazy and not well-grounded, and probably way too emotional. Her blood content is also 99.8% Starbuck's coffee. I think if I met her somewhere, I would have to slowly back away and then probably run.

I didn't want to like Giraffe Guy, but I kinda felt bad for him. He was all "I'm super smart and graduated at the top of my class in Law school etc.", but he just seems unlucky when it comes to the bar. My guess is that he's an over-thinker.

My biggest issue with Lisa Kudrow wasn't that she was a skank or obnoxious bitch that thought way too much of herself. It wasn't even that she thought she was so hot, and really she kinda isn't at all. It was the fact that she's actually a really smart person. The Universe has blessed her with intelligence, but she thinks she deserves better than everyone else. People like that just annoy me.

Sra said...

Mister 42 did see Lamborghini Guy after the initial horror of the first meeting, but for some reason all they talked about was the fact that Mr. 42 had lost 30 pounds. "Great! But have you improved your writing craft at all? Nah? Ah well, you're paying me, so I'll tell you how great it is that you've lost 30 pounds." I think you're right -- he's probably one of those guys who just won't hear anything he doesn't want to hear.

Giraffe Guy bugged me. It's probably uncharitable of me to say so, because he does seem like a genuinely nice guy, which is a trait seriously lacking among law people. But he just struck me as a really slow thinker, like maybe he has some undiagnosed learning disability that is impeding his success. Also, they always showed him playing computer chess or stuffing his face and not doing any real studying. When he was studying, his books were blank -- unhighlighted, no notes. It seems no wonder he can't get it together. He needs to buckle down. I wonder if he ever passed or if he just gave up after failing for a fourth time.

That is a good point about Lisa Kudrow. Bitch is smart, clearly, and completely aware of that fact. That is a trait that commonly plagues law people. This is another instance of me being an uncharitable bitch, but the fact that she is part native american but completely doesn't look it bugged me. All I could think about was how she probably got scholarships up the ass on account of her blood, but she does not look like the type of person affirmative action is meant to help. I know, I have nothing to stand on saying that, but there it is: I thought it.

Sra said...

Mister 42 did see Lamborghini Guy after the initial horror of the first meeting, but for some reason all they talked about was the fact that Mr. 42 had lost 30 pounds. "Great! But have you improved your writing craft at all? Nah? Ah well, you're paying me, so I'll tell you how great it is that you've lost 30 pounds." I think you're right -- he's probably one of those guys who just won't hear anything he doesn't want to hear.

Giraffe Guy bugged me. It's probably uncharitable of me to say so, because he does seem like a genuinely nice guy, which is a trait seriously lacking among law people. But he just struck me as a really slow thinker, like maybe he has some undiagnosed learning disability that is impeding his success. Also, they always showed him playing computer chess or stuffing his face and not doing any real studying. When he was studying, his books were blank -- unhighlighted, no notes. It seems no wonder he can't get it together. He needs to buckle down. I wonder if he ever passed or if he just gave up after failing for a fourth time.

That is a good point about Lisa Kudrow. Bitch is smart, clearly, and completely aware of that fact. That is a trait that commonly plagues law people. This is another instance of me being an uncharitable bitch, but the fact that she is part native american but completely doesn't look it bugged me. All I could think about was how she probably got scholarships up the ass on account of her blood, but she does not look like the type of person affirmative action is meant to help. I know, I have nothing to stand on saying that, but there it is: I thought it.

Sovknight said...

I think the trailer actually hooked me. I will put it in the Q.

I briefly thought the lady on the couch in the trailer was you.

This looks cool. Thanks. :)

Sra said...

I'm glad you liked it. I was pleasantly pleased with it myself (can one even say that?). The girl on the couch was the one I identified with the most, even though she's kinda kooky. I liked that scene where's she's on the couch, because she's having an hysterical hilarity breakdown, and it's pretty funny. I feel that way a lot.

I know about Lisa Kudrow, right? I wanted to smack that bitch for being so sure of herself. I laughed when one of the women who passed the bar talked about the problem that looked like a UCC problem, but the UCC actually didn't apply and she hoped no one fell for that, and then Lisa Kudrow was all, "yeah I totally applied the UCC, and then said how common law would differ" -- ha, sucker! If you think you nailed it, you totally didn't.

As for mister 42 times, I think he's probably a really bad writer. You can have the legal principles down pat, but if you can't present them in a manner that will communicate your knowledge and application and competency to the exam grader, you are SOL. That guy should just give up, meiner meinung.

As for Latina, she went to a non-ABA-accredited law school. You can do that and take the bar, but ABA has certain requirements, and if your school is not accredited, you may unwittingly fail to meet some of those requirements simply because your school does not force you to do them. I don't actually know about the ABA requirements (I leave it alone since my school is accredited and I figure they handle that shit for me). My understanding was that she didn't take enough semester hours each semester to make it fly, but I don't really know why that should preclude her from sitting for the bar if she met the total hours -- no idea.

Altogether, I think this documentary gives a pretty honest look at the law school experience... even though it's really about bar prep and legal practice and not so much about law school. But I can identify with it for sure.

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