Paulina Bandy

bar exam studying for bar exam Above the Law.jpgBack in February, we wished them good luck. And now, some two months later, February bar exam takers are learning their fates. From a tipster:

Any chance of a story on February bar results? They’re starting to come out. WA [just released] its results online, admittedly a completely unrepresentative sample, but where I took the bar.

This would be a good topic for ATL’s new Community section. But since nobody has posted on it over there, we’ll give you this here open thread.

New York, one popular jurisdiction among ATL readers, allows candidates to look up whether they passed this Wednesday, May 7, at 9 AM (EDT). Another major jurisdiction, California, makes results available to candidates a bit later: Friday, May 16, at 6 PM (PDT).

Back to our tipster:

As I understand it, the February takers are a motley assortment of clerks who liked the jurisdiction where they are clerking enough to take a second bar exam, people who forgot to take PR and graduated in December, part-time students with weird grad dates, and people who failed the July bar.

Paulina Bandy, this bud’s for you.

February 2008 Bar Exam Results [New York State Board of Law Examiners]

February 2008 California Bar Examination Pass List [State Bar of California]

Earlier: Good Luck to February Bar Exam Takers!

Paulina Brady bar exam well endowed Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgThe tipster who sent this to us wrote:

“It’s a bit grim, but since it’s a slow news day, perhaps you can use this story about a man who apparently murdered his wife, after he failed the Texas bar 4 times. As noted in the article, the alleged perpetrator had lobbied the Texas Supreme Court to lift the rule that limited law graduates to five attempts to pass the bar exam.”

You can say whatever you like about her, but Paulina Bandy handled her thirteen bar exam failures in a much more healthy manner.
Man who killed wife failed bar exam four times [Houston Chronicle]
Earlier: The Bar Exam: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Paulina Bandy lolcat Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgSpeaking for ourselves, we’d think that accepting advice on the bar exam from anonymous strangers over the internet is like getting on the express train to Bandyland.
But some of you disagree. Here are two requests we’ve received recently:

“I am currently one of the thousands of students frantically studying for the bar exam. One of the things that help me keep calm is hearing about the bar exam studying strategies of others and their stories about the exam itself. Would you, perhaps, consider doing such a post?”

“Can you post a string for help with the NY bar specifically? Especially Essay help or NY Multiple choice.”

We’re accommodating people here at Above the Law. So here you go: an open thread for sharing bar exam tips and stories (which have already started surfacing on other recent posts).
To everyone taking the bar next week: Good luck, from your friends at ATL!

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Yesterday we wrote about Paulina Bandy, that poor creature who failed the California bar exam thirteen times, before finally passing it on try #14. Her story seems to have freaked out some of you who are sitting for the bar exam later this month next week.

Relax. Take a deep breath. You won’t wind up in a 365-square-foot shack in your mom’s backyard. We think.

Chances are, you will pass. And even if you fail the bar once or twice, you’re still not on your way towards Paulina Bandy-dom.

As it turns out, a number of well-known individuals — some famous for their accomplishments in law, and others for different reasons — didn’t pass the bar on the first (or even second) try.

To get the ball rolling, here’s a short list of a few bar exam failures. Check it out, after the jump.

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Paulina Brady bar exam well endowed Abovethelaw Above the Law blog.jpgTry, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, and try again. And maybe the 14th time will be the charm!
For those of you freaking out over the bar exam next week, chillax. You will probably pass. If you don’t pass this time, surely you’ll pass the next time. Or the time after that.
You’ll be just fine — as long as your name isn’t “Paulina Bandy.” From the Orange County Register:

Paulina Bandy couldn’t fail the state bar exam again. Not after she failed 13 times before.

Some people complain that we’re elitist. So we apologize for asking: What the hell is UP with this woman?
(Is Paulina Bandy the child of a prominent politician? They seem to be jinxed when it comes to the bar exam.)
If you feel sorry for non-top-tier law school graduates who can’t land good jobs, just think — things could be worse. Much worse:

Paulina Bandy couldn’t fail the state bar exam again. Not after she had spent tens of thousands to attend law school. Not after she put her husband Jon Gomez through the ringer for so many years. Not after the debt she piled up forced her family to move into a 365-square-foot home.

Anywhere outside the island of Manhattan, that’s simply unacceptable.
More discussion, after the jump.

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