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Bar Exam Retake in Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:27 pm

For others in Biglaw that failed the bar exam the first time around, how much time are you spending in the office leading up to the February Exam?

Where/when are you getting your studying in? Did your firm trim back your billable work?

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Re: Bar Exam Retake in Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:36 pm

I worked "full-time" through until the month before the exam. I continued working on whatever I was involved in already as usual, and a few other things as was either urgent or substantial for my group. The way I get work isn't through any assignment system though. People personally request it, and I work with certain people more than others.

I didn't actively seek out work, however - and considering I was new and there's no universal assignment pool/coordinator, this kept things manageable to let me study almost every single day after work and on weekends.

Was allowed to take the month off before the exam to study full-time, no questions asked - just let the people I was working for and someone at HR know so my hours were pro-rated.

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Re: Bar Exam Retake in Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:30 pm

Thanks for the reply. That sounds a bit like what others at my firm that have had this happen have done in the past for their retake. However, I was told they wouldn't pro-rate my hours at all (I will still work less hours, but if I'm under my target billable for the year because of working less while studying, I think I'll just get a smaller bonus next year or no bonus). I'm totally fine with no bonus, I'd happily trade that to get through this exam.

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Re: Bar Exam Retake in Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:57 pm

I was let go around Dec 20th for three months. No pay no benefits. I passed and left that firm as quickly as I could because fuck them.

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Re: Bar Exam Retake in Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:00 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I was let go around Dec 20th for three months. No pay no benefits. I passed and left that firm as quickly as I could because fuck them.


So they fired you basically for 3 months? And then wanted you to start working again presumably once you'd taken the bar?

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Re: Bar Exam Retake in Biglaw

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I was let go around Dec 20th for three months. No pay no benefits. I passed and left that firm as quickly as I could because fuck them.


So they fired you basically for 3 months? And then wanted you to start working again presumably once you'd taken the bar?


Correct.

In retrospect, I now realize that they didn't want me to come back after the bar, but I did.

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Re: Bar Exam Retake in Biglaw

Postby ur_hero » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:36 pm

^Harsh :/




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