How to Cope When You Failed the Bar Exam

How to Cope When You Failed the Bar Exam

Maan de Vera

Posted at April 29, 2020


The bar exam results are finally out and our congratulations are in order for our 2,103 new lawyers! On the other hand, even if the other 72.64% of the examinees aren't exactly in a celebratory mood right now, we would still like to extend our praises to you. If you're one of those who didn't make it today, please keep these three things in mind:

1. Let it sink it.

It's completely normal to find it hard to accept that many years of your hard work won't come to it's fruitful end today. However, even if it’s heartbreaking to do so, you just really need to power through and bear the truth that things didn’t transpire in your favor this time.

2. Don't lose sight of your goal.

There's a saying that goes: If you feel like giving up, remember why you started in the first place. It sure feels like things are falling apart right now, but you have the power to put things back together as long as you're still dedicated to the things that you want to accomplish. 

3. Pick yourself up.

Once you're ready to start again, go for it. Bring all of the learnings that you can get from not passing the first time and try even harder the next time around. Don't be afraid to ask for help from other people, but ultimately, be your number 1 supporter.  

Just remember that whatever negative feelings that you may have right now will also come to pass. Take all of these emotions and process them for as long as you need to. Soon enough, things will come back into focus. As much as this is hard to believe, your worth as a person and a future lawyer is not determined by just one exam as long as you don't stop trying. Keep fighting, Atty.!

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