Let’s all just accept that this is a very weird time in our lives. As much as we want to cry out that it’s just not fair, these once in a century circumstances have to be acknowledged. I wish I could remember what great philosopher expressed this idea, but I am a firm believer that the most successful people in life are those who have the ability to adapt and move on from obstacles placed in their paths. Rather than complain and rail against how unfair it is that you have to accept this unseen threat, figure out how to move forward and whether there are any benefits you can take advantage of that might not be available at another time. [Read more…] about Creating a Workspace for a Remote Exam
Over the years I have taught a number of students whose primary language was not English, let alone American English. I have a deep respect for these students who want to enter into a profession that relies so heavily on the written word. During the course of their legal educations in the United States, they have the opportunity to make adjustments, practice writing in English, and start thinking like an American attorney. But what if you are an attorney who has trained outside the United States? How do you prepare to take a bar examination that is the culmination of law school studies when you do not have that foundation of a legal education provided here in the United States? [Read more…] about Ideas Foreign Trained Attorneys Should Consider Before Taking A Bar Exam
The unimaginable happened. After all that time spent studying, all the social engagements you gave up, not to mention the family time, you just got word that you failed the bar. You’ve never failed at anything before. How did this happen? You’re entitled to some pity me time – but not too much. Depending on what you want to do next, you might have to get right back on that horse. Before you do that, however, ask yourself some important questions. [Read more…] about So, You Failed the Bar Exam! Now What?
People decide to “go it alone” for bar prep for a number of reasons or circumstances. One reason may be cost – after going into debt for law school or spending a fortune on a bar review course the first time, you just don’t have the money to spend on it this time. Another reason may be that you have to work while you are also studying for the bar exam and don’t want to be committed to a time-sensitive schedule put out by a bar prep program. Finally, you’ve kept or accumulated materials to use for your bar prep and feel confident about your ability to do this on your own. Whatever reason you have, consider the following suggestions to help you enhance your experience and increase your chance for success. [Read more…] about Self-Study – How to Survive
Are you thinking about preparing for the bar exam yet? It doesn’t matter whether you are a 1L, or in your final year of law school. Thinking about the bar exam should start as soon as possible so that a good foundation can be laid before actual bar prep begins. [Read more…] about It’s Never Too Early to Think About Bar Prep
So, you are already licensed to practice law in one state and now want to become licensed in a second jurisdiction. If you are really lucky, the second jurisdiction will admit you upon a motion and the completion of an application (see Iowa for example). If you took the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) you might be lucky enough to get reciprocity from another UBE jurisdiction.
However, other jurisdictions might force you to take the complete bar exam all over again unless you meet certain requirements allowing you to take a shorter version of the bar exam called the “Attorneys’ Exam.” The requirements to qualify for the Attorneys’ Exam often include a minimum period as a licensed practicing attorney (anywhere from three to five years), and whether your license and/or degree are from somewhere outside the United States. Should you qualify for the Attorneys’ Exam and you are truly motivated, the next step you should take is to develop a viable plan for success. When developing this plan recognize your time and financial restrictions, and consider the following: