To Law Firms
- How can we support our law clerks’ preparation for the Bar Exam?
Give them enough time off. Encourage them to take a holistic approach to preparing for the exam. These habits can carry over into the first years of a young lawyer’s practice in ways that benefit both the firm and the associate.
Understand that significant individual differences may exist between talented bar candidates. One might actually need quite a bit less time off or hand-holding than another.
When an associate is taking off a significant amount of time for the exam, have a couple of people from the office be in touch regularly – to be friendly voices, not to promise a tidal wave of back assignments the day after the exam!
Hire me as a tutor-personal coach for one or more of your associates.
- How can we support our associate attorneys as they prepare for the Bar Exam in another jurisdiction?
Take the exam seriously. Remember that a prominent lawyer was hired to be Dean of the Stanford Law School. She was not “too prominent to fail.”
Cooperate with the associate on time management issues. Young lawyers who have passed their first exam don’t need as much time off as those who have been away from the exam for a long time.
- What can we do to help an employee who has failed the Bar Exam?
Do a thoughtful job troubleshooting what went wrong last time. Usually people fail the exam because they didn’t know the law and/or because they weren’t sophisticated test-takers. Sometimes failure is the result of a family tragedy or illness right before or during the exam itself.
Create a careful plan of action for the next attempt. Obviously these plans will vary depending on the personal circumstances of each individual. I can offer experienced counsel in these matters.