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Stopping the Cycle of Failure in Bar Exams

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You may have taken the bar exam so often that you've given up hope of ever passing it. You may have tried different review courses, and workshops, even tried hypnosis, but you still haven't passed the bar after three attempts. Or, maybe you're still feeling the pain of having failed it on your first try. Whatever your situation, there is a discernible reason why you failed.
 
Stopping the Cycle of Failure in Bar Exams

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To end the cycle of failure or to stop one before it starts, you need to search your soul now to find out the reason(s) you allowed yourself to be diverted from your primary goal of passing the exam and from the work you knew you had to do to get there. If you do not choose to take the time now, you will eventually be forced to. The same ambivalence that was expressed through your failure this time will be there the next time you take the exam and the seeds of a future failure will have been sown and watered.

The “First Time” in a bar exam

The bar exam has often been compared to a rite of passage, where a young person must pass a test or make a showing of his/her worthiness to become a full-fledged member of the social group or religious order. The comparison, however, is misleading. True rites often involve long-term preparation, a pairing of the initiate with an elder, who will determine when the youngster is ready, and the investment of the entire community in the success of the undertaking. If the bar exam and its process had the structural supports found in true rites of passage, we would probably see fewer people failing it. The problem is that it does not.

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