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JULY 2016 CALIFORNIA BAR RESULTS WILL BE RELEASED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 6:00 PM-
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What to do, and what not to do while you wait for bar results in the next 24 days! (And we still have the Election to get through!)
It was about this time last year when Leah was waiting for her bar results. She was talking to a friend who had also taken the July 2015 Exam. The conversation was pleasant, yet typical of any conversation with anyone else who sat for the Bar – we all awkwardly talked around the test, even though we were dying to collaborate and over-analyze our individual performances.
Then, suddenly, things took a turn for the worst. By the time Leah and her friend Rachel tried to corral the conversation to happier pastures, it was too late; the Real Property question from day one had been brought up, and they had already told each other too much.
“Water cooler rumor at work is that there was a huge number of people who failed to identify a key issue about the conveyance of the property.”
Leah hesitated. Should she engage? I mean, how couldn’t she? What if she was one of those people? Isn’t it better to know?
“Dang. I don’t remember what the question was even about.” She bit. “Did it have something to do with the Rule against Perpetuities? Maybe we didn’t identify the issue if neither of us can remember what it was about?!?! Oh no Rachel. We totally failed. It’s over. We should probably start studying for the next sitting now.”
It’s at this point when we all start wishing that our bar test results would come out just as fast as pregnancy test results. The waiting game is terrible – California Bar Takers are even privileged enough to have the longest waiting period in the country. This very well could change in 2017, when the California Bar will be cut from three days to two, but until then, the three-month waiting period is where we are today.
So what do you do for the next few weeks? It’s not like you can sit in a corner and watch Netflix and not talk to anyone until November 18, 2016! Or maybe you can?
1. Do NOT. I REPEAT. DO. NOT. Talk about the Exam
How did the story above end? It turns out, the issue was whether there was an unlawful restraint on alienation, and turns out we both identified that issue, and it also turns out that we both passed the exam. The moral? You have no idea how you did on the exam until you actually know how you did on the exam, so it is really not worth the anxiety attack to re-hash everything that happened. The fact is, you are on such an adrenaline rush during the Bar that you probably won’t remember everything that you wrote. When the valedictorian of your school tells you how she included case names in her essays, you will probably convince yourself that you didn’t refer to these cases in your essay responses at all, and you probably used rules from the wrong subject and someone in the bar office is laughing at how stupid you are. But take a few deep breaths and remember: no two essays are the same, yet you are all reading the same question. You gave it your all studying, and you gave it your all for those three days. No one is laughing in the bar office. The best thing you can do for yourself during these months is to not attempt to figure out what the perfect question sounds like.
All that being said, not focusing on the test for three months is a very difficult thing to do. We all probably have slip ups. But if you lay ground rules for your other law school friends, and you find other things to talk about and other ways to distract yourself,
2. Have a Plan B-Just in Case
Yes, we all hope and pray that your name is on the list. You studied hard, learned the law sufficiently to pass, and write well. You should pass. But if you unexpectedly messed up on a question or Performance Test, had a bad day, a medical problem or computer meltdown, have a Plan B ground game so you are not completely caught off guard and devastated. Do not re-take the same bar review course you took last time. You’ve gotten all you can from it, it’s time to move on to tailor your bar study (if it comes to that, hopefully not!) to a new way of going, studying, preparing that is better suited for your needs.
3. Decide How You Are Going to Share Your Bar News, How You’re Going to Share It and With Whom
Who you are going to tell, when are you going to tell them and how you are going to share the news with work colleagues, bosses, spouses, in-laws, peers, classmates? What is proper etiquette if you find out you passed and are excited to share your good news with law school buddies or study partners but you don’t know if they passed and want to be sensitive to their situation too? The best advice regarding fellow bar takers is to let them take the lead and reach out to you with their news. Let them take the lead. If you don’t hear from them, give them space to celebrate or process the news
4. Celebrate YOU! Win, Lose or Draw, You Did a Monumental Thing and Climbed Mount Everest. We are Proud of You
You have been going 100mph for about 3.5 years now. You have to stop and, literally, smell some roses. The decompression period might last longer for you than it does your friend, but don’t hold that against yourself. This is the time to relax. The test results are out of your control, you may or may not have job offers, prospects, interviews, etc., but throwing yourself into that process right away is also probably not beneficial to your health.
If you don’t feel like laying on your couch and have a few extra student loan dollars in the cobweb covered corners of your bank vault, you can also go on a bar trip. If you didn’t think you were close to your friends before, you can all bask in the fact that you just got through the biggest hurdle of your life, and you don’t have to think about it for 23 days–November 18, 6:00 PM. It’s party time. Celebrate your achievement in sitting, taking and completing the California Bar Exam. You are already a winner.
In the meantime, you are smart, you can do this and we are here to help. Any questions or advice, please feel free to call firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you. You are not alone.
Professor Shari Karney, Esq. has been a prominent force in the world of legal education and California Bar Review for the past 30 years. She is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School (Bar Exam Writing Intersession).
Whether you’re awaiting California bar results, are an out-of-state attorney taking the California Bar exam or are preparing to sit for and take the February, 2017 California Bar Exam, BarWinners California Bar Review is here to help you. Shari is the Owner and Creator of BarWinners and the author of The Approach Book, “Bar Bible”. She writes a column-blog Legal Ease with Leah M. Kaufman, Esq., the Founder at LMK Strategy & Research. Visit BarWinners at barwinners.com. Visit the Barwinners page on Facebook, and the BarWinners page on Google+ or email Shari via email@example.com.