Waiting For Bar Results-ARRGGHHH!

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Recent law school graduate, Adrianne Thompson, writes about waiting for her bar results:

Our country is in a “state” with pivotal elections looming. There’s a lot riding on these elections. I am in a “state” just hours away from receiving my Georgia Bar results. There’s a lot riding on these results. AND, just days ago an associate position I’ve been counting on since before graduation fell through, so I’m in a bit of a funk. A true “Swing” state. I swing between a state of cool confidence, “I did all I was supposed to do, I quit my job to study, I took the premier Bar review course, I studied 8-10 hours a day, I forsook all that mattered for 10 weeks! I am going to pass,” to a state of frenetic panic, “But, I ran into several people on their third try, what if I’m on that track. . .the embarrassment . . .no job . . . no money . . .” Hour by hour. . . minute by minute. . . second by second . . . for the next 24 hours! Whew! Craziness.

I’m an older, second-career, non-traditional law student, so, to say I’m not marketable in this economy is an understatement.

What am I going to do if I don’t pass the Bar?

What am I going to do if I DO pass the Bar?

I don’t have a job, and I don’t have a clue.

Doing nothing isn’t an option. Panicking isn’t an option, and FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.

What I do have is tenacity, perseverance, faith, a host of mentors and a plan. A plan is imperative. A plan to do what? Looks like I’m going solo. There are lots of solos out there, and though many strongly discourage new grads from going straight to solo, what else am I supposed to do at this moment in our country’s economic history? My other option is to return to my former career as a dialysis clinic administrator. I left on good terms, and it would have been so easy to remain there, but I want to be a lawyer. More specifically, a child advocate, and I couldn’t do that while managing clinics. And should things not turn out well October 29, it would be fairly easy to return. Several things lead me to this conclusion. My former boss is opening a fourth clinic and hasn’t replaced me… hasn’t removed me from his website . . . and in conversations with managers that remain there is an assumption that I’m coming back. It would be easy to go back . . . predictable schedule . . . predictable, comfortable income . . . familiar territory . . .

A voice is yelling:


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