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Help for Repeat-Takers

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on November 27, 2013

We understand how disappointing it must be if the results from this weekend were not what you hoped to receive, but remember that this is not the end.  The majority of bar applicants who are unsuccessful on their first attempt pass on their second.  This does NOT mean that you cannot still be an attorney — and a great, successful one, at that!  (Just ask the Dean of Stanford!)

If you would like, you are welcome to send a copy of your scores to me (Courtney Lee) at  A photo taken with your phone is fine, or you can copy them into the body of an email message.  I will be away from my email until December 2, but after that point I would be happy to review them and suggest possible next steps or areas for focus.

We do plan to offer the free Extra Feedback Program once again for the February bar exam, and all graduates of Pacific McGeorge are welcome and encouraged to participate.  (Please note that due to demand and limited time we cannot grade more exams than accommodated through this program.)  Check back here next month for the submission schedule.  The first exam likely will be due in mid-January.

You also are encouraged to attend the “Ask a Bar Grader” session on Dec. 17, described in the post immediately below this one.  Neil Gieleghem is an ex-CA Bar Grader who has lectured and tutored students regarding the CA Bar Exam for decades.  He also wrote the book for our Practical & Persuasive Legal Writing course (for which he refuses to accept royalties — that’s why the cost is so low).  He is an enthusiastic, informed speaker, and we hope you will find the session engaging and useful.

We know you are frustrated, but as difficult as it is, remember that taking the bar exam is a privilege to which many people do not even have access.  While retaking the exam of course is not ideal, passing is a challenge we are confident that you can accomplish, and we hope these supplemental programs will help along the way.


One Response to “Help for Repeat-Takers”

  1. mcgeorgebarprep said

    If you did not pass the July 2013 CA Bar Exam, you are welcome to join Professors Bricker and Lee at a small-group meeting to discuss your next steps this Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 12:30 p.m. To RSVP and get the meeting location, email Professor Lee at (please remember the “1”). Pacific McGeorge graduates only, please.

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