Monday, October 28, 2013

What to Do During the Waiting Period After the Bar Exams

The bar exam month in the Philippines is over after the fourth Sunday exam last October 27. When I took the bar exams in 2009, it was still held in the month of September. But because of Typhoon Ondoy which caused massive flooding in Metro Manila, our last Sunday exam was postponed and stretched to the first week of October. With the exams over, what should the anticipating lawyer-to-be do while waiting? Here's what you can do that may help you:

1. Forget about the bar exams for at least until January next year.

There is Christmas to look forward to in December and you really need a break after those more than six grueling months. It's okay to avoid those people who keep on reminding you about the upcoming bar exam results, or to ask the people close to you not to talk about the bar exams.

2. Take a vacation, at least for the next two weeks. You deserve it!

3. Get a job or get back to your job after taking that vacation.

This may be easier said than done. It was a difficult experience for me because I quit my full-time job before I started preparing for the bar exams. Post-bar, when I was ready to go back to the job market, I could not easily get a full-time job because my prospective employers felt threatened that if I pass the bar exams I would leave them for the legal profession. So good luck looking for that job. For me, I lived a life of poverty for the next five or six months of waiting for the bar exam results because I could only settle for odd part-time jobs. But the sacrifice was worth it when I became a lawyer.

4. Pray.

The waiting period is the time to spiritually prepare yourself for the success or failure that is about to come. Whatever the results, you need to be spiritually ready because in the event God answers your prayers with a resounding "Yes!" and you are not spiritually and morally ready, you will succumb to the usual temptations that come with being a lawyer - the abuse of money, women (or perhaps vanity in the case of lady lawyers) and power.

5. Apply your knowledge of the law.

Seize every opportunity to apply your knowledge of the law. This is the best time to do it because the laws that you have studied for the last four years in law school plus six months of preparation are still fresh in your mind. This will not only help you in your future practice but this can also help you in establishing a network of more clients in the likely event that you become a lawyer.

Good luck and God bless!!!


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