A few rants about this whole bar exam process...
There was a recent post regarding the MPRE being a harbinger of Bar anxiety. Well, look... The MPRE is the proverbial mole hill, and the Bar exam is...no, not a mountain, it is just a freakin' ass-h*le. There's no getting around it.
They said that the waiting would be the worst part of it. ("They" = Bar/Bri). I don't totally agree with that, seeing as I had months of vacation in that time, and Bar/Bri is, essentially, 6 weeks of FUD. Don't get me wrong, it is effective. But diabolical. Basically, after three years of being babied, it hits you like a bad Foreigner song. Or a Fusilli Chemerinsky to the rectum. Bar/Bri instills the fear of Chuck Norris in you, and you study. You study neurotically. You study something fierce. Then it is over and you forget it all and go to Thailand and maybe are lucky enough to still have a job when you get back....
So, I don't think the waiting has been the worst part. But, there are certainly some things about the waiting that I rank right up there with kidney stones, laundry, and Dane Cook. This is what you have to look forward to (and I'd love to hear others' comments on this topic):
- People who insist on comparing what you went through with their own, different experiences, right after you took the Bar exam. For example, doctors and their board exams, or PhD's and their whatever-you-call-whatPhD's-do. Look, we get it. Everyone gets it. You studied, you took hard tests, you persevered. You're brilliant. But don't tell us about your tests in comparison to the Bar exam RIGHT AFTER we finish. I had a doctor tell me about how bad the tests he/she had to take in order to get a license, saying that it made him/her less sympathetic for what I went through. WTF? First of all, just give us a little time to decompress and let off some steam. Second, I sure as hell hope that doctors have a tougher time obtaining a license to do their work, which literally involves responsibility over life and limb, than I had getting a license to practice law. C'mon.
- People who call you "big shot lawyer." So much wrong with this label, I'll just let it be.
- People who ask you "well, how'd it go"? Not only do I not want to go over this, I really couldn't if I tried. My mind has repressed almost all memory of the test, as a coping mechanism. I highly recommend it.
- And, the worst: People who say something like, "Oh, you definitely passed!"/"Oh, c'mon, you KNOW you passed!"/"Oh, you're fine, you passed for sure." This is the most common annoying thing people say, and I vow NEVER to do this to future generations. All this really accomplishes is add one more element to the disappointment of failure. Not only does the test taker I have to go through the whole damn process again, he/she also gets to think about the 500 people who were WRONG about his/her fate. For some, it will feel like they let those people down. Some will forever in the future question why others have confidence in them. Maybe others won't care at all. But I have heard this complaint from many..... Basically, never, never, ever tell someone who is waiting for results that you think he/she passed. Be sympathetic, say you wish them the best, but don't make a freakin' prediction.
Alright, I am going to go pick a fight...
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