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Protecting Your Mental Health Waiting For Bar Exam Results

Protecting Your Mental Health Waiting For Bar Exam Results

Waiting for bar exam results is a difficult stretch of time for a number of reasons. The months in between taking the bar exam and receiving results are filled with anxiety, dread, stress, and uncertainty. The ability to immediately pursue a legal career is essentially dangling in front of peoples’ faces for months. Bar exam results can mean one is either eligible to practice law or one has to continue their studies by working to pass the bar exam again. For many applicants, the waiting period that follows the bar exam can result in mental health challenges. Constant levels of anxiety and stress over whether an applicant passed or failed the bar exam can impact someone’s daily quality of life. If you’re feeling weighed down by the constant thought of bar exam results, this is normal!. Thousands of applicants caught in bar exam limbo feel this way! Here are some of our favorite tips to help protect your mental health while waiting on the results from the bar exam.

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Give Up on Passing the Bar

Should I Give Up on Passing the Bar Exam?

Should I Give Up on Passing the Bar Exam?

Failing the bar exam is not a good feeling.  And unfortunately for some, the second time isn’t always the charm.  Nor the third.  Nor the fourth.  We’ve even had 6+ time takers come to us for advice.  And we want to be clear: there is no shame in failing the bar exam.  It is a ridiculously hard test that is in no way a predictive indicator of future success.  While we always want to be encouraging and help those who failed the bar exam find the key to passing, we also understand that many eventually hit a point where they question whether they should give up on passing the bar exam.  After all, studying for the bar takes a lot out of you physically, emotionally, and financially.

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Is Failing the Bar Exam the End of My Legal Career?

Is Failing the Bar Exam the End of My Legal Career?

If you’re wondering if failing the bar exam is the end of your legal career, we’ve got a simple answer: no! Many successful attorneys fail the bar exam and then go on to have successful legal careers. This list includes former presidents (Franklin D. Roosevelt), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (she passed the Arkansas bar, but was never able to pass the D.C. bar exam), former First Lady Michelle Obama, and many other highly successful individuals. To help you follow in their footsteps, we’ve put together this list of steps to take after failing the bar exam.

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Post-Graduate Offer

What Happens to My Post-Graduate Offer If I Fail the Bar?

What Happens to My Post-Graduate Offer If I Fail the Bar?

Finding out that you didn’t pass the bar exam can be incredibly difficult. Students often wonder how failing the bar exam can impact offers of employment that these students have already received.  Are they completely rescinded? Does the employer look down on you because you were unsuccessful on your first time taking the bar exam? Do employers give second chances to pass the bar exam? These are all very popular questions and many students are uncomfortable asking them during job interviews. So, does the world really end if you have an offer lined up after law school and fail the bar? Nonsense! Many employers are understanding of an employee who has failed the bar exam. Most employers are willing to give second chances to those who failed the bar exam. It is very rare that a post-graduate offer is completely rescinded simply because someone failed the bar exam. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why.

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Mental Struggles After Bar Exam Failure

Mental Struggles After Bar Exam Failure

With many states recently releasing bar exam results, some applicants are relieved that they passed while others are devastated when they find out they failed. For those of you who didn’t get the news you were hoping for, we want to assure you that you are not alone! Thousands of attorneys go on to have successful and fulfilling careers after passing the bar exam, even if they failed one (or more!) times before passing. We’re here to tell you that retaking and passing the bar exam is doable. In this post, we touch on how to handle the mental struggle after failing the bar exam.

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Failed The Bar Exam Part II

What To Do If You Failed The Bar Exam Part II Webinar

What To Do If You Failed The Bar Exam Part II Webinar

We are excited to share with you that we have a new free webinar on what to do if you failed the bar exam. This webinar is led by one of our course instructors and tutors, Heather Buck. Our goal is to save you hours of time studying for the bar exam and help you come up with a new action plan to pass the bar exam!

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Tell People You Failed The Bar

How To Tell People You Failed The Bar Exam

How To Tell People You Failed The Bar Exam

Chances are, your friends and family know that you are taking the bar exam, and may start to ask you about your results once it is over.  If you get the unfortunate news that you did not pass the bar exam, who do you have to share that news with, and how should you let them know?  In this post, we discuss some tips for how and when to tell people that you failed the bar exam. Remember that you are not alone if you failed the bar exam!  Lots of famous (and non-famous) people have failed the bar exam and went on to have extremely successful careers!  This may be a setback to the beginning of your legal career, but it is something you can overcome.

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Why You Failed The Bar

Why You Failed The Bar Exam: 5 Common Reasons

Why You Failed The Bar Exam: 5 Common Reasons

If you recently received the unfortunate news that you did not pass the bar exam, you may be wondering what exactly went wrong.  After putting in months of studying, it can often be difficult to understand why you did not achieve the results you worked so hard for.  Studying for the bar exam is much different from studying for law school, and it can often be hard to know what you should be doing and how you should be spending your time when you are studying for the bar exam.  In this post, we will go over some of the common mistakes that students make that lead them to fail the bar exam.

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Common To Fail The Bar

Is It Common To Fail The Bar Exam?

Is It Common To Fail The Bar Exam?

One of the most frequent questions we get is the ever-dreaded “is it common to fail the bar exam?” question. Before we get into the details, let’s start with a disclaimer.  Asking whether it’s common to fail the bar exam is probably not the best way to approach bar prep. In our experience, there are very few who find themselves better off having asked it.  Nevertheless, many students want to know what their chances are of passing the bar exam on the first try. We discuss this in more detail below.

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Multiple Bar Exam Attempts

Multiple Bar Exam Attempts: How Many Are Too Many?

Multiple Bar Exam Attempts: How Many Are Too Many?

Here at JD Advising, our resources, dedication, and reputation have all been built on helping people pass the bar exam. We have helped hundreds of first-time and repeat test-takers pass the bar exam. In light of this, we often get asked “when should I stop trying to pass the bar exam?” In short, our answer is never! Here’s some motivation for those who have multiple bar exam attempts!

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Can I Predict I Failed The Bar Exam?

Can I Predict I Failed The Bar Exam?

“Can I predict I failed the bar exam?” is a common question we get before results are released. The waiting period between taking the bar exam and finding out if you passed can be excruciating!  Many students speculate whether or not they passed during this time period.  Although no one wants to hear that they did not pass, mentally preparing for that bad news can sometimes make it a little easier to bear.  In this post, we provide some hints that you might not have been successful on the exam and should start thinking about preparing for the next administration.

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Dropping Out Of Law School

How To Pass The California Bar Exam On Your Third Attempt

How To Pass The California Bar Exam On Your Third Attempt

Passing the California Bar Exam on your first try is a great achievement. Passing the bar exam on your second or third attempt should be equally celebrated.  While repeat takers are often hesitant to share their “war” stories, these experiences can be a valuable resource for Applicants repeating the exam. It takes a great amount of grit to go through this process multiple times. If you are wondering how to pass the California Bar Exam on your third try, this blog will showcase several strategies to get you to the finish line.

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Famous Bar Exam Failers

Eight Famous Bar Exam Failers For Inspiration

Eight Famous Bar Exam Failers For Inspiration

Although finding out you were unsuccessful on the Bar Exam can be devastating, you certainly aren’t alone in not passing. In fact, we’d say that you’re actually in very good company! Several well-known and highly successful public figures have failed the Bar Exam and gone on to do great things. We’re talking presidents, governors, politicians, and everything in between. Failing the Bar Exam is a difficult process in and of itself, but it does not mean you’re a failure. Don’t believe us? Here are eight famous bar exam failers who  will change your mind!

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I Can’t Pass the Bar Exam, What Should I Do?

I Can’t Pass the Bar Exam, What Should I Do?

If you can’t pass the bar exam on your first (or second, or third) take, you’re not alone. The bar exam is notoriously difficult, and many test-takers require multiple attempts before they pass. If you feel like you’ve tried everything but you can’t pass the bar exam, this post is for you! We’ve come up with five steps that can help you cope with failing the bar and prepare you to pass in the future.

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How to Succeed on the Bar Exam – 20 Tips by a 99th Percentile Scorer

How to Succeed on the Bar Exam – 20 Tips by a 99th Percentile Scorer

Here, we discuss how to succeed on the bar exam. These 20 tips are by a top 99th percentile scorer! They have helped thousands of our students at JD Advising succeed on the bar exam. You can also find links to additional great (and free!) content if you are looking for more information on any of the tips. Continue reading How to Succeed on the Bar Exam – 20 Tips by a 99th Percentile Scorer