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Taking the bar exam tomorrow tomorrow! Anyone have any stories about when you thought you failed but actually passed?

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When I sat for the patent bar, it was a computer exam and we were supposed to get our score before we left. I pressed the button to submit, and the system crashed. They told me to go home and that they would figure it out. They called me on my way home to tell me I passed. For the actual bar, I studied for my home state and took a second state too. For the second state, for all of the essays, I just pretended the law was the same as for my home state, and if that made an essay too simple, I just reversed the law and started over. I passed my home state easily, and barely passed the second one.

In the first state where I took the bar, I didn't really study for it. The reason why... well, I guess it's beside the point. Yes, I know that wasn't good preparation. I was so convinced I failed that on my post-bar vacation, I actually listened to bar review lectures to get a head start on the retake that I thought was coming. A few months later, I got a cryptic email from a lawyer friend congratulating me, without saying why. I was puzzled for about 5 minutes before deciding to check for exam results. Sure enough, the pass list had been released early, and I was on it.

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I was convinced I failed after walking out of the exam the second and final day, but I decided not to think about it until I got the results. I solidly passed much to my surprise, and so many of my friends were in the same boat thinking they failed, but ended up passing :) good luck!

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Hey guys!! The TX essays weren't too bad! The MBE was killer. Everyone thought the questions were very nuanced.

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Thank you so much, A8!!

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I fell asleep during the MBE. Thought I for sure failed but I didn’t.

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My now-wife missed the back half of the materials on the Performance Test (CA bar) and so wrote an answer using only half the precedents. Was understandably confused. Realized her mistake with about ten minutes left and blistered her way through trying to re-think and fix her answer. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities as a lawyer but no doubt her answer had to be complete shit. Still passed.

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OP, how’d it go!

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I thought for sure I was going to fail while driving to the exam. After the first session, I realized it wasn't going to be that bad and went out for ribs and a couple of (note: not nine) beers. You'll be fine.

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This. I prepped for 7 or 8 weeks, pretty solid, but still felt like it could go either way. I ended up with like150 more points than I needed (TX cut score was... 675? Can’t remember). Take deep breaths and remember that people far less qualified than you managed to be lawyers.

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I walked out of the first set of MBEs thinking I failed. But took a breather showered (the bar exam was held at my school and I was living on campus at the time) went back into the second round and crushed it. You’ll be fine. Take it slow but time management is huge!!!

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I studied like crazy from May graduation until the July bar. Got sick the night before day one and spent the morning throwing up. Felt pretty good about the MEE/MPT overall despite that. Felt like I bombed the MBE on day 2 (especially the real property questions). Cried the entire Uber ride home after the exam (my poor driver). Spent months planning how to tell my firm I failed. I passed with flying colors AND was in the top 1% of test takers in my state for the Real Property section. Good luck - you’ve got this!!

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I just barely finished 75% of the prep materials and was scoring below 50% on practice tests the week before the exam. Was completely strung out and physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. I convinced myself I failed. Even had a full-blown panic attack in the middle of day 1. But guess what? I passed.

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Ditto. I was in that same CA sitting. Had computer issues the second day, and the stress shits all day the third day (I literally got up to use the bathroom like every 15 minutes - I was terrified some proctor would think I was cheating). Not my finest hour. Aaaaand I still passed.

The gal next to me at the bar exam was in active labor during the bar. I was SO distracted by her breathing techniques and the proctor wouldn't let me move seats. We both passed.

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I’m sure she hadn’t planned on it happening either! Glad you both passed.

I was positive I failed. I didn’t even celebrate after it was over—just sulked. I had conversations planned out in my head about how to tell my firm. I couldn’t work the week leading up to results. My score was in the top 20% for the state. If you put in the work, you’ll pass. You’ve got this.

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Everyone felt this

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I actually failed in the state I took it, but passed for the state I was relocating and UBE’ing to. It was great because the email you get for failing the bar for the state I took it in is laden with “you suck” undertones. They called us all “Failers” even.

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I had a horrible flu while taking the NY bar exam. Didn’t believe I would pass, and honestly I was too sick to care. But whaddya know? Pass I did LOL!

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100% convinced I failed after taking the MBE portion, especially after listening to others discussing their answers (hint: don’t do this!). Ended up solidly passing. From those I’ve spoken to, this seems to be the norm, so try not to stress too much about it, if you’ve studied properly you should be fine.

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I thought for sure I had failed, like 100% sure. All my friends were also 100% sure they failed. Well, we all passed. Good luck! Remember to keep ploughing through the questions, even if it seems impossible. Also, remember that a chunk of MBE questions are experimental (25 I think?), so if you feel like you’re getting some weirddd questions, it’s not you, it’s the MBE! I totally forgot about this, and thought I was losing my mind during the test.

With lackluster law school grades, I definitely thought I could/would fail the bar on the first try. My hands shook for the first 15-20 min. I literally prayed my way through it and thank God I passed.

Watched every minute and hour pass on the clock awake all night until 6:30 AM, time to go, take the hardest test of your life, having half-assed Kaplan and awake for 24 straight hours. I needed medication to calm down at the beginning, as I was visibly shaking. Ended up passing with a UBE score good enough for any/every UBE jurisdiction

Why do we do this to ourselves T_T

Good luck!!

I felt sick the first day and had a legit full on fever for day 2 - pre-COVID times when they didn't care if you had a fever or were throwing up haha. I finished the multiple choice questions in the afternoon on the second day in an hour and just straight up left as soon as I was done and threw up in the parking garage. My friends were texting me afterwards thinking that I had full on nervous break down and just gave up and left (small jurisidction where we all sat in the same room) 😅 I thought there was a decent chance I failed due to how sick I was + how quickly I did the multiple choice (since I couldn't muster the energy to really think the questions through) but I passed!

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