It seems like in this world, you have to be this way, ready for things months in advance. Your first year you look for summer jobs before your first semester grades even come back. During the summer after your first year, you are already applying and interviewing for jobs for after your second year. During your second year summer, many people try to impress their bosses to get an offer to come back over a year later, after the bar exam. And during January of your last year of law school, you are filling out applications and signing up for classes for the bar exam in July.
Today I went to my first bar exam information panel, where they gave us general advice about mentally and physically surviving the test. Here were some of my favorites:
- Pack an extra pair of earplugs just incase someone near you throws up. Then you can stick them in your nose. (I swear, I am not making this up).
- If you see someone breaking down and crying, just keep walking unless it's your best friend. It sounds horrible, but you have to take care of yourself that day.
- Do not wear a leopard print suit to take the Virginia bar, which requires courtroom attire. They turned away a woman from New Jersey who did so.
- If you ever lose confidence in your ability to pass the test, just go down to your local courthouse to see some lawyers in action. You will realize that if they could pass the bar, so can you.