If you are in NY, you are just learning your bar result.
If you did not pass the bar, allow yourself to experience all of the feelings that wash over you – disappointment, anger, despair, resolve. Know that this moment does not define you and this exam is not indicative of the lawyer that you will become. It also doesn’t mean that you can’t pass the bar exam.
Many people don’t pass on the first try and go on to have inspiring legal careers. Is it a painful setback? Sure. Is it the end of your legal career? Absolutely not. Reach out to your law school’s bar support professionals. Many schools have programs to help alumni who are retaking the bar. It is worth staying connected. They can help you come up with a personalized plan that will work for you. Most of the time a new bar study plan doesn’t require a complete overhaul of what you did, just some tweaks around the edges. You can do this. You will be starting with a much more solid foundation this time around. That foundation will make your studying more effective.
For those of you who passed the bar – CONGRATULATIONS! The bar exam is officially behind you. Enjoy this moment and shout it from the rooftops! You should be very proud of yourself. You worked hard and passed the bar! Think about how much you have overcome since 1L year!
If you have friends who did not pass, reach out to them. Remind them of what you know about them – that they will get through this moment and be an incredible attorneys. Don’t worry if they don’t want to speak with you today. It may take time before they want to talk about it. Whether they respond or not, it is helpful to remind folks they are not alone, and that they are loved.
Congratulations to everyone for putting the July 2017 bar exam behind you!