Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Dog Days of August

Hello, readers –

August is a slow month for bar examinees. Not much to report. . . Just passing the time. As late-October nears, the wait will gradually get worse until about a week before the VBBE releases results, at which point the bar exam will be the only thing on your mind. In the meantime, you might think about which essays/MBE questions on which you screwed up, the probability of passing, or how terribly your life will spiral if you fail.

Again, don’t torture yourself like that. In the end, it provides no therapeutical benefit. Worst case scenario: You fail. That’s it. You fail. You retake it in February, you pass, and you move on with your life. A couple months of setback – that’s all there is to it. The bar exam will bring you down, in every way possible, only if you let it. It’s not terminal cancer; it’s just a tough exam.

I recommend taking one day at a time, one hour at a time, to distract yourself from thinking about the bar exam. Go on holiday, volunteer your time, play sports, watch movies, read books, live life. Still, a lot of examinees can’t help but wonder. To pass the time, they scour the Internet for forums, passed-but-fully-expected-to-fail stories, and other bar exam nooks and crannies. I would take all of these sources as grains of salt and with extreme caution. If we believed everything on the Internet, Bigfoot would be living in Reno. Again, the therapeutical benefit is temporary at best.

If any of you have any other questions or concerns while you wait for results, feel free to contact me. In the meantime, enjoy the waning days of summer.  

Friday, August 10, 2012

Model Essay Answers


As a courtesy to Virginia bar applicants, William & Mary law professors provide model answers for the most recent bar exam essays. For the July 2012 exam, expect William & Mary to post their model answers in early September, or in about one month. Of course, when they do, I will provide you with a link.

I trust all of you are on holiday or otherwise enjoying your free time. Please do! Put off worrying about bar results for as long as you can muster. For some of you, the anxiety will creep in during September, when you are starting your jobs or looking for jobs. For all of you, the anxiety will be in full throttle come October. Until then, just relax. Forget about the bar and play with a puppy.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Virginia Bar Exam Results - Release Date

The VBBE will release results of the July 2012 Virginia Bar Exam on Friday, October 12, 2012.

Historically, the VBBE releases results on the date stated or on the preceding day. So expect the VBBE to release results on Friday, October 12, or else Thursday, October 11, 2012.