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You never forget your first bar (exam)

Tuesday marks the start of the two-day Maryland bar exam — and the 20th anniversary of when I took the test of minimum legal competence.

I remember a two-part essay question from that July 1992 exam:

The fact pattern involved “a warrantless search of a mobile home.”

The examiners instructed me to make my best prosecution argument as to why the search should be deemed constitutional and the evidence seized admitted at trial.

They then told me to play defense counsel and argue that the search should be deemed invalid and the evidence suppressed.

I remember thinking to myself “mobile home, mobile home” when the answers hit me:

As the prosecutor, I argued that the search site was “mobile” (no reasonable expectation of privacy in a car).

As the defense attorney, I argued that the site was a “home” (must have a warrant in the absence of an exigent circumstance).

Are there any Maryland attorneys out there who remember (and care to share) a question from their bar exam? Please comment below.

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  1. Midway through the morning of the first day of the 1984 Maryland bar exam there was a property law question that described the recording of a deed and then asked,”what, if anything, do you see as issues?” At first review, nothing seemed wrong and I experienced the proverbial cold sweat. Then I noticed that the property was described as being located in “Baltimore County” while the deed was said to have been recorded in “Baltimore City.” I identified that issue, threw in a sentence or two about possible ethical ramifications (we had been told in Bar Review to look out for those)and then moved on to the next question. From that point on, I had a sense of confidence that there was nothing they were going to throw at us that I couldn’t handle. And on Pearl Harbor Day, over four months later, my confidence was confirmed by getting the thin envelope in the mail.