What to do after the bar exam

by graceelena on August 1, 2013

This past week many people have reached my blog by searching “what to do after the bar exam” or some derivative of that. It seems that after three long months of being told what to study every minute of the day we are all lost as to the question of “what next?”

Well, since my blog has become all about the bar exam I figure a post about what to do next is exactly what is in order.

I present to you, my dear fellow bar takers, a pace program* to help you transition back into life after the bar.

August 1—

  • Cheer and clap when the proctor says “you are dismissed” after the last performance test.
  • Proceed to the nearest bar and order a round of champagne for you and your friends. Even better have someone else who didn’t take the bar order it for you.
  • Don’t talk about the exam, instead relish in the fact that you can talk about everything but the bar without an ounce of guilt.
  • After a couple hours of fun and drinks realize that you are very tired. Go home and sleep.

August 2—

  • Sleep in.
  • After you wake up around noon treat yourself to brunch with friends. Definitely order the bottomless mimosas.
  • Lounge by the pool, go to the beach, or sit on your couch and do absolutely nothing.
  • When evening rolls around put on your dancing shoes because now the party really begins. GO OUT. Dance, drink, laugh, and be merry until your body is once again taken over by exhaustion.
  • Sleep.

August 3—

  • Nothing. Come on. You need the extra rest. Three months of studying calls for it. 
  • If you really can’t do nothing then watch the entirety of The West Wing to pump yourself up for the pile of job applications you have been meaning to fill out.

August 4—

  • Once again, do nothing.
  • Finish The West Wing.
  • Take a walk. You haven’t spent much time outside this summer.
  • Climb a tree. Pick a flower.

I think you get the picture now. Take the time to do something for you. Do whatever it is that you love and haven’t been able to truly enjoy these past few months. Go on a trip with your friends or family. Drive down the freeway with the windows down and the music up. Shake hands with strangers and allow them to talk your ear off because you have nowhere to go, no rules to study, no bars to take.

Enjoy the day, friend. Each and every moment.


Congratulations. You successfully completed the bar exam. That is truly awesome.


*The pace program is the barbri program many of us used this summer.

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jgarner August 1, 2013 at 17:20

Hey! Now that the testing is over lets go to Europe.



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