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How to Bounce Back after Failing the Bar Exam
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Harrison Barnes explains how to get back on your feet and prepare for the bar again if you've failed it on the first try.

Summary: Harrison Barnes explains how to bounce back after failing a bar exam to ensure you pass it the second time.

In one of his latest articles, Harrison Barnes describes how anyone can bounce back after failing a bar exam and pass the dreaded test on the next attempt. Failing the bar exam is a law student’s worst nightmare, but with a few tips and tricks, one can prepare to pass the test once and for all.


1. Move On

Many students worry excessively about how they appear to other attorneys and to their family and friends. However, thousands of brilliant attorneys have failed the bar exam—keep this in mind as you study again.

2. Take It Again

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The bar exam is offered every few months. Therefore, you do have the opportunity to take it again. Study hard, don’t give up, and sign up for the next test date.

3. Work Harder Next Time

Since the bar exam is focused on one’s memory of the law, as well as logic, reasoning, and analysis, you simply have to make studying for the bar exam your life—you must know the law backwards and forwards to ensure that you can write well on the day of the test and demonstrate your knowledge.

4. Don’t Skip Your Bar Review Classes

You’re likely paying big money for these classes. It makes no sense to skip a day—it’s the gateway to passing the bar exam.

5. Get a Tutor and/or Enroll in Small Coached Classes

A tutor can provide you support while holding you accountable for your studying. In addition, a tutor can help you discover your weaknesses and help you overcome them.

6. Adjust Your Mind

Many who do not pass the bar exam become unmotivated and feel that things are hopeless. However, you have to toughen up, give yourself a pep talk, and get back in the game.

7. Think about How Great It Will Be to Pass

Think about how great it will feel to pass the exam. You’ll be proud of yourself, your family will be proud of you, and it will be a title that you carry the rest of your life.

8. Change Your Study Habits

Try to figure out where you went wrong during your first attempt—did you spend too much time on the multiple choice? The essays? A certain subject? Once you have the answers to these questions, you’ll be better prepared this time around.

9. Request Special Accommodations if Necessary

Many test-takers have ADD, anxiety, or dyslexia. Many states must provide these students with special accommodations for the bar exam. Don’t be afraid to seek special accommodations if you need them.

10. Be Practical, Not a Scholar

The bar exam requires the facts—that’s it. It is not about abstract theories—it’s just about applying the law to the facts. Keep this in mind as you proceed through the test.

Be sure to check out the article, 10 Ways to Bounce Back After Failing the Bar and Pass on Your Next Attempt, for more advice and a list of well-respected individuals who, at one time, failed the bar exam.

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