Why Colonel Sartoris?

Allow me to explain the puzzling title. Colonel Sartoris is William Faulkner's greatest character. He exemplifies those values that his society cherishes, namely tradition, patriarchy, courtliness, and courage. Though modernity's slow march tries to strip him of these things, Sartoris continues to live as he always has, knowing that "the past is never dead. It's not even past." He seeks order in the honorable folkways and mores of his forbears. Let us not forget his example.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Open Letter to Whomever Write the Multistate Bar Exam

NOTE: This letter will be updated as my frustration level rises with the countdown to the bar exam on July 26th.  This initial post serves merely to get some thoughts down as I study.

Hey, bar examiners: stop testing us on the LAW OF NOWHERE.  Newflash--we had that for THREE YEARS in law school.  The only laws we learned were fake ones, ones that were made up by eggheads (not practicing lawyers), or outdated common law.  This has its purpose in law school, but it does NOT on the bar exam.  I am ready to learn laws, not "how to think like a lawyer."  So stop having me memorize this multi-state hogwash.

FURTHERMORE . . . WHEN YOU TEACH THIS [F-ING ABSURD] LAW OF NOWHERE, AT LEAST TRY TO GET IT RIGHT.  WHEN YOU ARE AIMING TO TEACH A MAJORITY RULE, TEACH THE MAJORITY RULE, NOT A MADE-UP ONE!!!!!  Allow me to quote: "Most of the modern cases hold adverse possession titles to be marketable if [certain conditions happen].  . . . [B]ar examiners have yet to recognize this line of cases, [so] the modern view should be considered only as a fallback position on the bar exam." Barbri, Multistate 2011 98.  Nice work, O Writers of the Multistate. 

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