The bar exam can be one of the most expensive undertakings in your early legal career, second only to law school itself. Some students are fortunate enough to have their firms pay for the entire experience—from the prep course to the exam and moral character fees, and even the food and lodging at the actual exam. “Public interest” students and students without jobs usually have to front the entire cost of the bar exam themselves.
The disparity between students destined for big law and everyone else can be so staggering that I’ve heard of students just crashing on the couch in their big law friends’ free hotel rooms. Unfortunately, this “public interest” student had never considered crashing at a friend’s place. All I knew was that I was taking the exam in Santa Clara and would rather live out of a truck than pay for a hotel in Silicon Valley. But through thorough advanced planning and a lot of luck, it turned out that I could make taking the bar exam feel like a vacation without going broke in the process. [Read more…] about Do You Know the Way to San Jose: The Time I Took the Bar Exam in Silicon Valley Without Going Broke