I Failed the Nebraska Bar Exam! What Do I Do Now? So, you failed the Nebraska bar exam. You are not the only one! This post aims to help you navigate the post-failure world and get you on the right track to pass on your next attempt!
Nebraska, of all the Uniform Bar Exam jurisdictions, has a unique set up for seeing your scored essays. In fact, you can only review your essays in-person, in the presence of an official associated with the Board of Law Examiners, within 10 days of notification that you failed. Keep this in mind if you would like to review them! Here are the additional steps you should take if you failed the Nebraska Bar Exam.
I Failed the Nebraska Bar Exam! What Do I Do Now!
If you failed the Nebraska bar exam, it should come as some comfort that you are not alone. In this article, we outline a step-by-step guide on what to do if you failed the Nebraska Bar Exam.
Step 1: It’s okay to be upset, so give yourself time to work through it!
There is no feeling like failing the bar exam. It is a combination of dread, anxiety, disappointment, anger, frustration — among many other emotions. Unfortunately, there is no quick-fix to getting past these emotions. However, they will get better in time!
So, to start, give yourself a couple of days to take it all in. We recommend you read this note to those who failed the bar exam. You may even want to read over this list of famous people who failed the bar exam so you know you are not alone! Lastly, you may want to read over some quotes we recommend for those who failed the bar exam.
Sometimes this step takes a day. Sometimes it takes a week or a little longer. If you find yourself in a deep depression or sadness after too long, it is worth it to seek professional help.
Step 2: Study your Nebraska Bar Exam score report and schedule an appointment to review your essays if possible.
The minimum passing scaled score on the Nebraska bar exam is 270. (Note that even if you failed the Nebraska bar exam, you may be surprised to know that you may have exceeded the passing score in several other states. For example, some jurisdictions only require a score of 260 to pass!)
Since Nebraska is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state, the breakdown of your score is as follows:
- the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is worth 50%,
- the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) is worth 30% and
- the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is worth 20%.
To see what your score report means, check out this post called “What does my Uniform Bar Exam Score Report mean?” When looking at your score report, analyze what area you fell short on – the MBE, the MEE, the MPTs, or some combination of them. This will help you decide where you need to change your study strategy.
Warning: Don’t take this step lightly. Some students are convinced that they fell short on the MBE, when really it was the essays or MPT which held them back. Make sure to be honest with yourself when you look at your score report! If you need help with this step, feel free to contact us here.
Lastly, request to review your essays and MPTs from the Nebraska state bar as soon as possible. Nobody likes to relive what they wrote on exam day. However, this information can be invaluable. Perhaps you did not organize your essays well, or you wrote too little, or recalled too little law. You can gather a lot of valuable information by reviewing this written portion!
Step 3: Critically think about how you studied for the Nebraska bar exam, and figure out what you need to change.
This step is not a step either, but it is very necessary if you want to pass the Nebraska bar exam the next time you take it! You want to collect as much information about your last approach so you can figure out what to change moving forward.
Some questions you should ask if you failed the Nebraska bar exam are as follows:
- Did you study effectively and productively?
- How long did you study for? (Was it enough time?)
- Was your bar prep course (if you used one) helpful in preparing you for both the MBE and written portion of the exam?
- Did you practice using real MBE questions and real essay questions?
- Did you practice enough MPTs? (A lot of students don’t!)
- How many timed exams did you take?
- Did you memorize the black letter law for the most highly tested issues?
Next, figure out what you need to change for the upcoming Nebraska bar exam. We do not recommend you do the same thing twice. You want a different result, so why would you try the same approach again? And we truly do not recommend you take your commercial course again and you can read more about that here . . .) You need to do something different if you want a different (and passing) result on the next bar exam you take.
By now you should have an idea of where you fell short both in terms of the section(s) you fell short on (MBE, MEE, MPT) and in terms of your personal preparation (maybe your outlines did not prepare you well enough, perhaps your bar review course did not fit your study style, perhaps you did not get feedback on enough of your essays, etc.).
So, consider using a different approach for the next exam. Here are some additional resources worth checking out. We have listed them in order of what you may need help with if you failed the Nebraska bar exam. Our resources are extremely high quality and tailored to what is tested!
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