Taking the bar exam is no easy feat—an understatement, I know. Sure, you’ve spent three years of law school preparing for this one major exam that stands between you and the career you’ve chosen. You have studied torts, civil procedure, criminal law, contracts, and constitutional law like it was your job. And, you paid a hefty price for a bar review course to ensure you were as equipped to pass the exam as you would ever be.
But, that’s not all there is to getting licensed. Before you can even take the bar exam, you have to apply for the privilege to take the exam. Yes, you heard correctly. And then, when you have taken the bar exam, you still have to apply to your jurisdiction’s bar.
In my experience, quite frankly, applying for the bar was almost as stressful as applying for and taking the bar exam.
Every jurisdiction differs, of course, but I have now applied for three different bars: Virginia, New York, and North Carolina. The process hasn’t gotten any easier. Here are some tips to get prepared for and crush your bar application.