It's all in the preparation.
Preparing for the bar exam
is absolutely essential. Law firms recognize this, and most give their incoming first-year associates the summer off after graduation (sometimes salaried) to study for the late-July administration. Many firms will even pick up the tab for expensive prep courses or offer a stipend for registration and preparation expenses.
One of the biggest reasons to take a prep course is that your schooling alone will most likely not have provided you with all the information you'll need. Robert Feinberg, president and CEO of the bar-review course PMBR (Professional Multistate Bar Review), asserts that "law schools don't prepare students for the bar exam
"-bar-review courses prepare students for the bar exam. Dayanim had no interest in tax law, so she chose not to waste a full three credits studying it. Instead, she'll get the essential information on tax law
in New York-the state in which she's taking her exam-in condensed form from her BAR/BRI prep course.
Conviser offers perhaps the most persuasive argument of all for not going into the bar exam less than fully prepared: "Bar exam failure has very public ramifications." If you don't pass the exam, your friends, colleagues, and-in many cases-anyone who visits your state bar's Web site will know about it. (If your last name is Kennedy, your under-par performance could make headlines for weeks.) And of course, you won't be a lawyer until you do pass.
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