Moving Forward After a Bar Exam Failure

From Bar Exam Toolbox:

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’re afraid that you failed the bar exam or you recently found out that you did, in fact, fail the bar. So I want to say right from the start that it’s going to be okay. Failing the bar exam can be devastating, but in the grand scheme of things, this is only a temporary setback. You can come back from this! If you’re having trouble moving past your bar exam results, here are 5 steps to help you build forward momentum and prepare to pass the next time around.

Famous People Who Failed The Bar But Did Okay In The End

This article from  Bar Exam Toolbox provides strategies for moving on and improving scores if you failed your bar exam. Here’s a post about famous people who also failed the bar, including the dean of Stanford Law!

Failing is not the end of your story: it’s just the beginning! Having taken the test once before can help you improve your studying and pass the next time. It is by no means a blemish on your professional record. In fact, if you fail on your first try, you are joining a distinguished list of successful lawyers who did the same. From Presidents to law school deans, many famous lawyers have not been stopped by bar failure. Here are just a few prominent attorneys who failed their first bar exam:

Top 5 Reasons Why People Really Fail The Bar Exam

From bar Exam Toolbox:

Top 5 Reasons Why People Really Fail The Bar Exam

It’s probably every law student’s worst fear: failing the bar exam. You’ve invested time and money in seven years of higher education, three of them specifically aimed at one particular profession…so what will you do if you can’t get admitted to that profession? What will you do when everyone finds out? Will your career be over before it starts? Are you too lazy or not intelligent enough to be a lawyer?

The fact is that not everyone passes the first time. In some states less than a third of people taking the exam pass.

If you fail the bar exam, there are two important things you need to know: First, you’re not stupid and your life is not over. Second, it’s critical to figure out why you failed so you can pass the next time.

It’s a common mistake to assume that if you failed the bar, you didn’t study enough and you simply need to redouble your efforts. But if you repeat the same preparation as last time, just with more hours, you’re probably going to keep making the same mistakes.

It doesn’t matter if you were at the top of your class in law school or have always done well on exams. Many smart, hardworking people still fail the bar exam. The good news is, if you figure out what went wrong, you can address whatever stood in the way of passing. So, why do people really fail the bar exam?

  • 1. You Did Not Practice Enough
  • 2. You Did Not Course Correct
  • 3. You Did Not Know The Law
  • 4. You Didn’t Practice Time Management
  • 5. You Have Anxiety

Are Law Schools with Low Bar Pass Rates at Risk of Closing?

From Bloomberg Law:

The University of La Verne College of Law enrolls over 100 students each year, and if past history is any indication, only slightly more than half, 54 percent, will likely pass the bar on their first try after graduation.

Should that affect whether it stays open?

The disconnect between a school’s low bar passage rate, relative to other schools in the country, and its ability to draw applicants raises a question that’s been looming for legal education regulators: Is the bar passage rate the best way to measure whether a law school is adequately preparing its students to become lawyers?

On one side, there are voices urging the ABA to raise the standard of graduates who must pass the bar exam on their first attempt. They say the high cost of a legal education means schools owe it to their students to guarantee a certain level of success and chance of a career in the law.

Others argue the ABA’s standards would limit diversity in the legal profession by disproportionately forcing the closure of law schools that serve historically underrepresented populations. They claim a focus on bar passage rates does not adequately capture their success or account for the role they play in their communities.

What Were We Reading? (December 2, 2016)

Some good reading from Girls Guide to Law School, Law School Toolbox, and Bar Exam Toolbox:

For more, click below.

Reading Roundup for Law Students

Reading Roundup for Law Students

From Around the Web

The Girls Guide to Law School has a regular series of posts listing a reading roundup from the web. Here are some of the more interesting ones from last month.


Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School – Do You Have What it Takes to Survive? Good article about being in the law school grind.

Why Should You Use Evernote in Law SchoolAll of us at Legal Yankee used Evernote for law school study: taking notes, reviewing and revising, and organizing. Having the app on both compiuter and mobile apps made it easy to review and revise whenever we had some time.


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