One hurdle to successfully regrouping after failing the bar exam is dealing with the unavoidable advice of all of your family, friends, and mere acquaintances. They will probably serve up common, go-to platitudes — e.g., “you’ll get’em next time,” “hang in there,” etc. Instead of letting yourself be endlessly frustrated by such comments, try to mine them for actual bar prep advice that can help you get back on your bar-prep feet. Here are a few cliches that actually have some kernels of simple wisdom to hold on to after a bar exam failure. [Read more…] about Regrouping After A Bar Exam Failure: Simple (but Profound) Wisdom
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Welcome to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today we are discussing a difficult reality for many law graduates. What happens if you fail the bar exam? If you’ve just gotten disappointing news, we have tips in this podcast to help you regroup. If you are in law school right now, this podcast can offer you tips on how to make sure you are as prepared as possible for the bar exam. So, hopefully this will be the only attempt that you need!
In this episode, we discuss:
- Why you need to go over your essay answers and critically evaluate what went wrong (even if it’s not pleasant to do so)
- What bar graders are really looking for and how to ensure your essays meet those expectations
- PRACTICE! And why it’s even more important for repeat takers
- The benefits of journaling during bar study
- The importance of evaluating the study tools you used the first time and exploring new tools the second time around
- Why you should make sure the time is right in your personal life for bar study and re-taking the bar
Thanks for listening!
There’s no doubt that failing the bar exam can feel devastating. After investing so much time, effort, and money into law school, it may be difficult to accept the fact that you didn’t pass this final exam. It may take some time to process what happened, but eventually you have to come to terms with the results. Establishing a definite plan for what you will do next can help you make peace with the outcome and move forward in a positive way. As you’re contemplating your next step after a bar exam failure, you may want to consider if any of the following paths are right for you. [Read more…] about 4 Paths to Consider After a Bar Exam Failure
If you’ve ever failed at anything in life you’re probably already aware that there’s no shortage of motivational songs and quotes created to get you back on the bandwagon and ready to take on the world. We’ve all heard them right? “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again,” or perhaps you’ve heard, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” However, if you’ve ever failed at anything in life, you probably already know that these words of inspiration do very little to actually make a difference.
Oftentimes we view failure as a state of permanence from which we can never escape. As a result, we frequently miss the opportunity to use failure as a learning mechanism. If you’ve failed the bar exam once, twice or even three times before, I can probably assume that your gut reaction was not that these failures could actually serve to prepare you for the next time you sit for the exam, but probably something along the lines of shock and sadness. While the latter reaction is perhaps the most natural reaction, what do you do after the shock has worn off and the sadness has tapered? What you do at this point can be crucial to your performance on the next bar exam. While I won’t touch on all the ways that you can adequately prepare for the bar exam after a failure, I do want to touch on one excellent method that frequently gets overlooked. Today I will cover three ways that a bar exam failure can make you more prepared for the next time you sit for the exam.
First things first, I’m sorry you failed the bar. I really am. I know it’s horrible and frustrating, it really is. But if you’re serious about passing this time around, you’re going to have to let that go completely or risk getting hung up on it and wasting time. Take your time to feel bad, grieve, stay in your pjs all day, maybe even listen to our podcast about what to do if you failed the bar, but then get over it because you’ve got a lot of work to do. I mean that with love, but seriously, get past this so you can move on productively.
I try to be as optimistic as possible with my bar students, but there are some hard truths that you’re just going to have to face if you want to conquer this exam once and for all. I’ve seen it all, and I can tell you that there is no comfortable, easy way to study for this exam as a re-taker. It’s going to be difficult. You will be exhausted sometimes. You’re going to have to do things you don’t want to do and you can’t cut corners. The students I’ve seen who embrace this idea perform better. What do I mean about cutting corners? How exactly should you attack this test? Here are my top tips:
If you sought out this article, that likely means the following three things have happened: you did not pass the bar, you spent the necessary time to regroup, and you are ready to do things differently to pass this upcoming bar. One new thing you get to do (and unequivocally should do) is review your essay answers as part of your study regimen.
I get it, the thought of carefully looking at an exam you didn’t pass may make you cringe and want to run away and hide. But cringing and hiding won’t help you pass the bar. Confronting and identifying your areas of weakness through critical evaluation, however, definitely can! [Read more…] about Why You Must Review Your Essay Answers if You Failed the Bar