With bar results being released, it is inevitable that some of those reading these blog posts were unsuccessful on the February bar exam. If so, what do you do then?
First off, there is nothing quite stinging like the failure associated with bar exams. You want to take the exam again tomorrow but instead you have to wait four more months. The wait is unbearably long.
Compound that with friends and family asking you during those first few weeks after results are released whether you passed or not. Having to tell them you failed can be the ultimate kick in the gut.
Hopefully, the psychological scars can heal sooner than later. Because the next thing you want to do is regroup and develop a study schedule for July. My opinion on this is to start your studies now whilst May/June law school graduates are struggling through finals. You will have an upper edge on them when it comes to familiarity with the subjects.
Next, I would encourage you to initially focus on the MBE subjects (if you plan on taking the MBE). The MBE subjects represent the core of nearly every bar exam. For example, if you are taking the Florida or California bar exams, you know that there is a good chance you may see torts on two days of testing. You will definitely have to deal with torts on the MBE, but it may also come up on an essay. Mastering the MBE subjects gives you a solid foundation from which to delve into state-specific subject matter.
I would also suggest printing out a calendar starting now until the end of July. Pencil in studying one subject every day for the next three months. For example, if you start out with MBE subjects, pencil in 3-4 days initially to spend studying outlines or more substantive materials such as lectures on evidence, torts, etc.. You can even devote more time to each subject and the more the better. Stick to your schedule but remember to give yourself days off. Don't get burned-out.
Lastly, remember that the February bar exam is comprised mostly of repeaters and attorneys seeking second or third bars. This group is cutthroat and hungry. There is no shame in failing the February bar exam if you refocus and understand that new law school graduates will not have the experience and knowledge that you already possess.