Myth 5: Bar Finals is the most difficult exam you’ll ever take

Myth 5: Bar Finals is the most difficult exam you'll ever take
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A great part of a person’s sense of self – worth derives from whatever victories one may have had over the many challenges one may have encountered in life. For this reason, it is a common human tendency to exaggerate the nature of the obstacles we may have faced, because it makes us feel a greater sense of pride in our accomplishment. This is why many lawyers, new wigs especially, would describe the Bar exam as being the most difficult exam you’d probably take in your life.

This is absolutely untrue, and I expect to get some stick from lawyers for saying this but the Bar Finals is not the most difficult exam. I know that in certain years in the not so distant past, there had been high rates of failure in the Law School which made headlines nationwide, and only added more fuel to the myth that law school exams are something out of the ordinary.

Failure is however not necessarily indicative of how difficult a task is; many times, it is reflective of structural drawbacks that mitigate against success. I know too many tales of students who worked hard, students who evidently are brilliant, students who never failed an exam, but who failed the Bar exam. I also know quite a number of people whom I didn’t think would pass the Bar exams, but who did pass it at their first sitting.

Failure is however not necessarily indicative of how difficult a task is; many times, it is reflective of structural drawbacks that mitigate against success.

What I have discovered is that failure is sometimes simply the result of an overload of information and opacity in terms of what is required from a student. If you were given exactly just the right information you require, and you are aware of how to apply such information in the context of a question you are given, the exams become incredibly easy.

This is what was true for me in the law school, and this is the message I pass on to anyone I meet who’s on this journey. Yes, the process may be tedious because of unreasonably long lecture hours and other inconveniences, but the exam is easy if you have made the right effort in an informed and intelligent manner.

Hard work is the consistent intelligent application of effort. You are the sum of all your training.

Most people do not understand the concept of “hard work”, they believe that “exhausting work” means “hard work”. Hard work is the consistent intelligent application of effort. You are the sum of all your training.

 

Be all you can be!


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