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People who want to be famous attorneys are generally uncomfortable with failure. That goes double for the bar exam.
But the exam is looming, and that means extra helpings of stress. It doesn't help that law school graduates are generally competitive, over-achieving, and just this side of obsessive when it comes to success.
Sure, everyone says it's not a big deal if you fail the bar. It's not the end of the world, other people fail, and you can take it again. You're still a smart person if you don't pass on your first try.
Where's the evidence, you say? We've got your evidence right here.
People who fail the bar exam on their first, second, heck even on their 10th try are not doomed to career failure. They're pretty awesome -- and by that we mean awe-inspiring. Here are just a few examples:
Lest you think only women fail the bar, we have some gentlemen who didn't make it on the first go-round either:
We're not saying failure is pretty. But it does happen, even to smart and successful people who go on to be famous. So don't sweat it, you can still be amazing no matter your MBE results.
Editor's Note, February 22, 2017: This post was first published in July 2012. It has since been updated.
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