What Should I Do if I was Unsuccessful on the Florida Bar Exam: Important Advice for Repeat Florida Bar Takers

First, let the shock of failing the bar subside with a few days of reflection.  Clearly, this may be one of your greatest disappointments, but don’t let it control or define who you are.  You can pass the bar exam in February 2012. 

Ok, now let’s start.  Do not repeat the same class, study plan or approach you used the last time.  It did not work.  Coming close on the bar is good only in horse shoes.  One size does not fit all.  Get a private tutor and/or enroll in a “small” individualized bar review with contact and essay evaluation from your instructor.  This structured, personalized program is the key to passing the bar for repeat takers.  Above all, never give up.

BarProfessors is offering private and confidential tutorial services for the February 2012 Florida Bar exam as well as New York, California and Texas.  Spaces are very limited.  Forward your e-mail to pass@barprofessors.com.

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3 Responses to “What Should I Do if I was Unsuccessful on the Florida Bar Exam: Important Advice for Repeat Florida Bar Takers”

  1. Joan Allison Says:

    I, too, after my 4th attempt, did not pass the Florida Part A. I received a 165 raw which was scaled back to 128.
    I took ameribat tutoring this last time which really was just IRAC, like I didn’t know this? The tutor did not mark up my essays or offer anything other than the scripted stuff. I would not recommend Ameribar to anyone. I was a New York trial attorney for 15 years and wanted to start practicing in Florida.
    I spent most of my days with the last program working on an “interactive outline”, to add to my other outlines, which I felt took away from actually writing. So much so, that I never got around to really review wills, which was not an essay ( I got a 7).
    If there is any other methods, I would welcome them.
    At this point, I am looking to create the smallest most concise outline that I can review so I can review all subjects the day before.
    I really don’t want to take Part B again because I feel it will not really pull up my grade. Is this a mistake?

  2. I know someone who failed a portion of her state’s bar exam and will have to retake the other portion in the winter. Even if she passes the second attempt, she is very worried that employers will know that she failed on the first try because her license will be issued for the year after her JD graduation. She has impressive credentials, but wishes to practice in one of the most competitive markets in the U.S. Any firm in the immediate and surrounding area that pays a living salary would not, even at gunpoint, hire someone who did not pass on the first try.

    She is contemplating telling prospective employers (whenever asked) that she did not attempt the bar immediately after graduation. She has a very credible excuse for doing so (beyond mere fatigue, which no one would believe).

    I’m not sure what to tell her. It seems dishonest, but this economy is no time to be a moralist. Is there a significant likelihood that she would eventually be caught? Is an employer even likely to interview someone, nowadays, who isn’t licensed the same year as graduation?

    I am very concerned about this person, but I don’t want to simply advise that she remain ethical when doing so would permanently doom her job search.

  3. As an addendum to my above post, is it common practice for firms to simply deny interviews to applicants whose bar certification year does not match the year of their JD? Is this a widely-used litmus test?

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