Sometimes not passing the bar exam the first time around can be a blessing in disguise. That’s how Elizabeth felt when she received disappointing news after her first attempt at the bar exam:
I remember last November like it was yesterday. I was overwrought with fear and anxiety as I waited for the results of the California Bar Exam. I was torn about my career path. I felt powerless. Then, I got the bad news — though I had done extremely well on some sections of the three day exam, I didn’t pass. I was devastated, unsure where to turn. All I could see was this huge wall blocking my career and life from progressing. It was a difficult time for me, because I simply was not used to dealing with “failure,” or with my life plans going astray. (I have since come to appreciate that I have been very, very lucky over the years.)
When waiting for bar results after her second attempt, Elizabeth attended our Catapult conference for law students and young lawyers, and re-evaluated what she wanted to do with her legal career.
When she passed the bar exam a few months later (Yay!), she decided to start a solo practice focusing on immigration law. Why? Because she knew that would bring her the most career and life fulfillment.
Can you relate to Elizabeth’s story? Share your experiences in the comments!
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