By Amy Parekh
Bar results for the July 2013 exam will be posted on November 22, 2013. Here are some of my thoughts on the 10 day countdown to bar results:
Recognize, realize and refresh!
The waiting game is almost over.
While you wait, I continue to send positive thoughts and energy your way! Whether you pass or not, remember the 3 R’s: Recognize yourself, realize how far you have come, and refresh for the next step on your path.
Many congratulations to you if your name appears on the list. Exhale, celebrate and hug someone special!
However, some names may not appear. At first, you will have and are entitled to several emotions. Allow yourself to feel them, but also recognize that this is only a temporary setback. Realize that many people have failed the bar exam and still go on to pass and become amazing attorneys. So feel, but let those feelings to pass so that you can refresh and allow yourself to pass. Be good to yourself! Here are some tips for how:
The task is to recognize the very real fact that your tank is NOT empty, quite the contrary it’s loaded with knowledge and experience.
If you decide to retake the bar (and I hope you do), I recommend you retake it in February. Realize that the knowledge you have now is deeper than the knowledge, not to mention experience, you had when you started this process.
Now, you have listened to the lectures, reviewed the outlines and have an understanding of the substance you need to know to take the exam. Now, you have likely taken a few practice tests, looked at sample answers and perhaps have received some feedback on your exam taking skills. Now, you have taken the exam in a gigantic room listening to the pitter-patter of keys frantically typing. Now, you have felt the anxiety of the race. Now you have the knowledge of what study tactics did or did not work and which subjects or skills were the most challenging. Now, you know where to go from here: review the material, refresh your skills and Practice, Practice, Practice!
As always in the coming weeks, I am available to discuss options with you.
Note, the exam questions have been published to the website: Bar Exam July 2013 Questions
Amy Parekh graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002. After law school, Amy represented children and families in the abuse and neglect system and represented individuals charged with federal, state and capital crimes. She joined Montage Legal Group in 2011; was the Interim and Assistant Director of Academic Support at UCI Law School from 2011 to 2013; and continues a criminal appellate practice.
Amy is also the co-founder www.SucceedLaw.com, a bar exam tutoring company. Amy creates individualized programs and intensive instruction to law school graduates preparing for the bar exam. She also provides bar exam support and intensive essay and performance test courses to law schools through Academic Support programs. As part of SucceedLaw’s mission to support law school graduates and recent bar exam takers, the first twenty 2013 bar exam candidates to submit their cover letter and resume to SucceedLaw, will receive complimentary feedback. Emails can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.