Congratulations to all who finished the bar exam and did their best!

Big big smile for you.  Very proud of your finishing, and doing your best!

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Now what?  What are you doing to unwind, and congratulate yourself on having done your very best?   There will be a long wait between now and results. (And, though he was talking about something else entirely, Tom Petty was right when he said, “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Here are some thoughts:

-Take some time off now, if you can, to replenish the well, recharge your batteries and all that.

-If you have a job, congratulations, and good luck with it.  Do your very best.  Learn a lot and ask lots of questions.

-If you don’t have a job lined up, make an appointment with your career services center, volunteer somewhere, and work on your resume and cover letter. Check ads for legal employment.

-Read everything law related, especially local bar association publications.

-Write an article.

-Join a local bar association, or the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division (or some other legal organization), and sign up for a committee.

-Volunteer for a non-legal community organization (especially if you are thinking of hanging out your own shingle).

-Shadow a local attorney.  Or, invite an attorney to lunch.  Get to know the lawyers in your community, and let them get to know you.

-Attend any sort of “Bridge the gap” or other new lawyer CLE type courses. Even if it’s not in the exact field you are interested in pursuing, you may gain experience and job leads.

Author: Sara J. Berman

Sara J. Berman, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, is a Professor of Law and Assistant Dean at the Touro Law Center. She formerly served as a Director at the Washington DC-based Center for Legal Education Excellence.

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