To begin, I have three things I want to tell you. First, there is no shame in failing the bar exam. Second, there is no shame in failing the bar exam! Third, there is no shame in failing the bar exam! [Read more…] about Fail and Tell: Why It’s Helpful to Talk About Failing the Bar Exam
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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?
The unbelievable happened – you failed the bar exam. Now what? While you are entitled to a little “pity me” time, how you move on from this set back will determine whether you can hope for a different result the next time around. [Read more…] about How to Handle A Bar Exam Failure
Last October I found myself googling those exact words while sitting in a small studio apartment I was renting for the weekend in Studio City. It was midnight, the street outside my window was surprisingly quiet, and I was curled in a ball on the mattress, scrolling through blog posts about failing the bar, tears still pouring out of my eyes.
I have cried very hard for a myriad of reasons throughout my life, but I’m still convinced I have never cried as hard as I did that night. I could barely catch my breath and I wanted answers. I wanted someone who’d experienced this to tell me it was okay. I wanted one blog to confirm that someone else had gone through this, survived, chosen not to take it again and their life had turned out perfectly. But there were none.
All of my sadness and frustration with failing boiled down to one thought: I have to take it again.
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
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!