It is the time of year where I remember what it was like after taking the bar exam and finally working as a lawyer! It was exhilarating! I wanted to be a lawyer since I was TWELVE and I was finally doing it.
I was seeing clients and checking on whether I spotted the right legal issues with colleagues.
I was writing arguments to the Social Security Administration and the Immigration and Naturalization Services (now ICE) on behalf of my clients.
I was attending continuing legal education classes and PRESENTING at them at the DC BAR!
I moved to a new city and was putting together a community that included lawyers and non-lawyers. I was dating.
It was soooooo exciting.
However, by late October/early November, I received my Bar results. It wasn’t good news. I actually think I felt the blood leave everywhere but my feet.
Never one to wallow in sorrow, I told my supervisors, who assured me that I would not lose my job. I would simply have to take it again. I registered for the course. Again. If you are reading this post, you may be in the same situation. What should you do?
- Take time to mourn. Connect with your community.
- Remember why you did this to start out with. What doors were going to open because you were a lawyer, and don’t forget it.
- Remember that your value is not determined by this test. Or any other one. Your value is determined by how you respond to it.
- Yep, go ahead and register to take the Bar and the Bar Exam course again.
Once the course started just after Christmas (or was it New Years . . .), I dragged on doing some of the same unsuccessful things I did the first time. Then a friend of a friend changed my life. He said “thirty questions a day keeps the flunking away.”
Phew, because this time, I was working full-time and studying for the Bar.
I learned a lot from that experience. So if you want more information about what “thirty questions a day keeps the flunking away” means and other ways to stay sane, look no further.