Sometimes, especially during bar prep, it’s important to take a step back and ground yourself. Get out of the house, smell some roses, dine with friends… whatever it takes to keep you in a positive state of mind.
Yesterday, Themis offered this life lesson accidentally when the site went down and wouldn’t come back up.
This is obviously not ideal. The bar exam places enough pressure on graduates without placing more obstacles in their way. Perhaps there will come a day the legal industry will adopt a rational accreditation model to guarantee that all law school diplomas convey sufficient mastery to justify a license to practice law without an archaic bolt-on, one-shot exam covering subjects that graduates will never touch again in their careers, but to quote the King, it is not this day.
However, try to keep chill about this. It’s early June. The test is just under two months away. Better to have your prep company figure out its connectivity problems now than on July 19th or something.
Don’t panic over losing a day. Hopefully this doesn’t happen again, but it will inevitably crop up in future years. So to those examinees, go over your handwritten notes if you must, but consider just taking the day. It’s early in the process still and your law school careers prove you’re more than capable of making up a single day’s studying later. Keep yourselves grounded. It’s going to serve you better when the test does arrive.
That said, if this sort of thing happens in mid-July, go ahead and panic like you thought you had an interest in Blackacre but forgot about the fertile octogenarian.
Joe Patrice is a senior editor at Above the Law and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. Feel free to email any tips, questions, or comments. Follow him on Twitter if you’re interested in law, politics, and a healthy dose of college sports news. Joe also serves as a Managing Director at RPN Executive Search.