So it's been over a month since you took the bar exam and you've enjoyed a respite from studying. Now what? Well, there's the interminable wait until bar exam results are posted. For some, the wait is not that much longer. Florida test-takers only have to wait until September 23rd to find out if they passed. California, on the other hand, makes test-takers wait until November 22nd to find out.
The period between the July and February bar exam is filled with many opportunities to become sidetracked in your studies. Think of all the holidays - Christmas, Channukkah, Kwanza, Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Years' Eve, etc. Plus football, fall television, and the usual bevy of distractions offered by the internet await.
If you're one of the lucky few who has employment lined up after taking the bar exam, then you will be busy learning the tools of your trade. You will probably wait for results before you pick up a bar review book. If you're unemployed and partaking in a haphazard search for legal work, then you might want to assess how to best spend your time.
If you have a strong feeling that you were unsuccessful on the July bar exam, you might want to continue your bar studies uninterrupted. The holidays and motivated repeaters make the February bar exam a challenge.
Spending your time wisely while awaiting the bar exam results. Whether you continue studying, network like crazy, or start a focused job search, your actions will your goal of becoming a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.