Published: Jul 22, 2014
It’s the final countdown—the bar exam is one week away. Despite reassurances from your mom that you’re “definitely going to pass,” the truth is…you might not.
And. That’s. Okay.
Your friends won’t judge you, and no one will think less of you. Anyone who has had the unfortunate pleasure to sit for a bar exam knows that the line between passing and failing is as thin as a page in your Barbri review book. The bar exam is hard, people are supposed to fail.
While the February bar exam may seem eons a way, the time passes quickly and you will be better prepared and no longer suffering from the fear of the unknown. Although a minor setback, failing the bar exam won’t completely derail your legal career, just look at Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo and former BigLaw associate Michelle Obama. It’s just six months.
Accepting that failure is a real possibility, and that your life won’t be over, can actually work to your benefit. You won’t psych yourself into panic mode or paralyze yourself with fear, giving yourself a better chance at passing. Take a deep breath and type those essays. Keep it together, think rationally and give it your best shot. You can do this, you can pass.
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Every year, thousands of recent law school graduates spend their summer studying crazily for and then taking--perhaps also crazily--the bar exam. A rite of passage for newly minted JDs across the country, the bar exam is the barrier to entry for the legal profession.
What should you do if you’re staring down the barrel of your first midterm in a week or two, and you haven’t prepared as much as you planned to by this point in the semester? Or what if you have, but you’re simply not sure how to maximize your time and effort in the final days leading up to the test?
Your first open memo is due, and you’re not sure if you have done all the research correctly or found all the law you need to cite. Or maybe you’re staring at a blank page that needs to become a client motion, and you need some inspiration for crafting a winning argument.