(Closed) I’m really resenting having to study for the bar

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

*Hugs* I am so sorry for you. I was actually going to go to LS originally, and although I took the LSAT and was accepted, I decided not to go. However, do not regret your decision now. You were meant to head down this path for a reason, and things will better. I promise. It will be worth it when you achieve your goal. Accomplishing something that you set out to accomplish, is a wonderful and amazing feeling. You will soon have that feeling, and it will all be worth it 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

You only live once. If your heart isn’t in law, you should finish up, pass the bar, keep what you’ve studied on hand for a back up career and start thinking about what it is you really want to do. I know people who switched careers in their fifties and only regret not doing it sooner.

Don’t forget that it’s easy to get burned out on something if you’ve immersed yourself in it for a long time. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break and re-evaluating what drew you to being a lawyer in the first place. Do you have a true passion for it, or did it just seem like a safe career choice? It may also help to have a sit down with a career counselor.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@jackndiane: If you go back to school and get a job doing something you love the time you spent in school will feel like nothing.  If you work as a lawyer and hate it everyday of your life you will regret the choice to stick it out for the rest of it.  BTW: girls who pass the bar are sexy. 😉

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@jackndiane: ugh..I am studying for the bar right now too…it’s HORRIBLE! First test day is a week from tomorrow. I definitely know how ya feel. If my heart wasn’t dedicated to being a lawyer, I don’t know if I could get through this. But since you’re so far along, I would just stick it out, pass the thing, and that way you always have a backup plan!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I got really interested in law when I took a class on 1st Amendment law for my journalism degree.  But I couldn’t afford to take on the debt and I’m kind of bummed I didn’t just go for it because I do love the law and nobody can win an argument with me. And I cross-examine like my hero Vincent Bugliosi. lol

Now, I don’t know what you chose for your undergrad degree but my uncle had a degree in accounting, went to law school and then into forensic accounting.  And then he became an expert witness and made a crapload of money.

There are a lot of things you can do with a law background, including consulting, real estate, etc.  You’re probably extra stressed because of the pending test, so just focus on passing and then I’m sure you’ll find something creative to do with the degree. 

My best friend is an attorney turned real estate broker and I’m so jealous because she always has the ability to make a good living no matter what (the job situation will improve:) I wish my mother had pushed me to get some kind of professional degree.  You may not feel this way now, but you will be really glad you went to law school. Study hard and good luck on the exam:)

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@jackndiane: Also studying for the bar (FL) and generally hating life right now. I feel very lucky that I’ve finally figured out a way to do what I’m interested in and use my degree (law lib.) You will find whats right for you too! Also, studying is just awful; I believe that once the test is over we will have a better/ positive outlook. Right now, don’t think about post bar choices, just put it all on hold.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Hi. I am currently studying for my last bar exam. I’ve already passed three of the four papers. I completed my articles (internship) in January and have been at home ever since because of my outstanding bar exam. I’m writing it in two weeks and I am really struggling to study simply because the area’s of law which this final paper covers are not my favorite, or the reason for me having studied law in the first place. I still want to be a lawyer but there is only one area that I love and that is what I am going to stick to once I get admitted. 

Have you explored all the areas of law? There are so many. There must have been a reason for you having wanted to be a lawyer initially. However, if you really can’t find anything that interests you, then maybe it’s really not for you. It’s never too late to study something else and your law degree will also not have been obtained in vain. It will always stand for something. 

Many of my fellow candidate attorneys (that is what we are called while doing our internships) also lost interest in the law and decided they won’t even bother writing the bar and get admitted. It’s a common occurence. 

Just follow your heart. I believe that you should always have passion for tour job. Afterall, it is what we spend most of our lives doing!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Studying for the bar is MAJORLY draining.  It took me 3 times to pass the CA Bar (i suck at MBEs….), which is one of the hardest in the US.  It’s depressing, draining, emotional, lonely – it just sucks.  RIght now, is not the time to regret your decision. If you’re wallowing in pity, you will not pass.  And then all those years and money are wasted.  It’s the final push. Study your ass off.  Pass.  And then use the background to pursue what you want to do.  Law is not for everyone.  But at this point – don’t worry about it, and just pass that damn P.O.S bar. One more week to go…

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Also studying for the bar right now (PA and NJ).  It really is horrible.  I think the worst part is that it is just so exhausting to study for almost 2 months straight.  I just want it to be over.  And while I still want to practice law, the dismal job market is causing added stress.  Particularly when I have a wedding to pay for.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@jackndiane: I read this out loud to FI and he said “seriously did you write that?” haha. I’m studying for NY and NJ right now. Hating every second of my life and I realized some time in 2L that I didn’t really want to be a lawyer anymore. I don’t know what else I’ll do because I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer. Seriously it’s even in my 4th grade year book as “what I’ll be in 20 years” haha. 

Cannot wait for the 29th when these are all over! Just gotta suck it up and get it over with I guess, we’ve gone too far now to do anything else. Good luck to everyone taking a bar this month!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just wanted to send some bee love your way. I went to a private school for journalism, so yeah…I feel you. 

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