What if Sinatra Really Digs Orville Redenbacher?
July 16, 2008 12:22 PM   Subscribe

BarExamFilter: What are your favorite mnemonics and/or memory aids that helped you remember certain elements of a particular rule or concept?

Examples: Stuff like in the BarBri lectures (like Paula Franzese's "Frank Sinatra Doesn't Prefer Orville Redenbacher" for Fee Simple Determinable/Possibility of Reverter) or the "MIMIC" rule for prior acts in Evidence. My creativity's zapped, so I'm desperate for some fresh ideas.
posted by Dr. Zira to Law & Government (10 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
There are some videos on YouTube that cover various rules of evidence. Some of the highlights include the Lego Hearsay Exception video and Dying Declaration: A Tale of Sock Puppets and Woe. I would consider them more of a quasi-educational study break and less of a serious bar prep tool, but they may help a few concepts stick in your head.
posted by jedicus at 1:14 PM on July 16, 2008

Paula Franzese is one of the planet's worst, most self-obsessed human beings, and 98 percent of her little songs make no sense whatsoever beyond proving an excuse to sing and/or tell a story about her kids.

However, "Frank Sinatra Doesn't Prefer Orville Redenbacher," and her Motown song "It Takes Two (To Make an Easement Appurtenant)" both worked.
posted by ibmcginty at 1:46 PM on July 16, 2008

This post in the Blue has some good stuff.
posted by HotPatatta at 1:54 PM on July 16, 2008

KIPPOMIA for Knowledge, Intent, Preparation, Plan, etc.? But you probably already know that one.
posted by HotToddy at 2:30 PM on July 16, 2008

There's a well-known one for the statute of frauds:

MY LEGS: Marriage, Year, Lease (or Land), Executor, Goods, Surety
posted by electric_counterpoint at 2:51 PM on July 16, 2008

MRS BAKER for felony murder--mayhem, rape, sodomy, burglary, assault, kidnapping, escape, and robbery. (Also, I named a cat Mrs. Baker, which I still think is awesome.)
posted by Mavri at 3:10 PM on July 16, 2008

Wills, trusts and estates...
posted by Frank Grimes at 8:11 PM on July 16, 2008

Frank Grimes: Thanks, I desperately, desperately needed that laugh.
posted by Dr. Zira at 9:15 PM on July 16, 2008

my very excellent mother just served us nine pizzas

probably not gender-correct anymore or something, but I have never forgotten the order of the planets. although now that pluto is off the list, I'm not sure what to do.

Also it has proven to be very useful in some odd situations.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 9:27 PM on July 16, 2008

What, no music ones yet? Madness!

On the treble clef staff (ie: lined sheet music), the lines, from bottom to top, are E(very) G(ood) B(oy) D(oes) F(ine). The spaces, from top to bottom, are even easier: FACE.

In the bass clef, the lines (again, from bottom to top) are G(ood) B(oys) D(eserve) F(udge) A(lways), while the lines are A(ll) C(ows) E(at) G(rass).
posted by absalom at 8:27 AM on July 20, 2008

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