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brightjewel asked: Right now I feel like maybe the law thing is not for me. I haven't had any success at it. I wasn't successful at law school and I failed the July bar (by 5 points!). I've always wanted to be an attorney but things aren't panning out. I tried my hardest to pass the exam and still fell short. So maybe I'm not meant to do this. . . I don't know what to think anymore. So now I'm thinking about alternative jobs/careers for those with a J.D. but I don't know where to start. Any suggestions?
I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t pass the bar. But I don’t think that you gave yourself a very good chance of passing. (1) I remember that you said you were in one state, but taking another state’s bar exam. (2) I also remember that you didn’t start your bar review course until about a month (I think?) after it had already begun. (3) Finally, I seem to recall that you were looking for a part time job while studying at the same time.
I would say that your bar exam experience doesn’t reflect on your intelligence or ability to be a practicing attorney. It reflects poor preparation, which is different.
If you want to practice law, seize this opportunity to retake the exam, but give yourself the best chance to succeed. Plan ahead of time. If you have someone or somewhere you can stay in your choice of state, go there to take the bar review courses live. Start the courses on time, and follow them. Spend all your spare time doing practice tests. If you can, work some overtime or extra jobs now to save enough money to be able to focus on studying for 2 months.
Now, if you really don’t want to practice, I would head to the nearest law library. There are a slew of books on alternative careers. But honestly, from interacting with you in the past, I had the impression that you wanted to practice. If that’s the case, don’t let this set back derail your plans.
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