JoanneEWilson

Take a Chance at a Future

At this point of bar prep, with less than three weeks to go, I wanted nothing more than to crawl under my bed and disappear. Everything made me either incredibly angry or I would be bawling my eyes out. I kept thinking "Have I done enough?" or "Does that score mean I'm going to pass?" The worst thought was "Is it even worth it anymore?"The last question is one that I'm finding is very popular. Many people question whether it is worth studying anymore and whether it is worth taking the bar.The answer to both is yes, it is worth it.As for…

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JoanneEWilson

The New Coliseum: Surviving Social Media and the Zimmerman Trial

For many years it has been said that people were fed to the lions in the Coliseum, located in ancient Rome. Anytime I wanted to paint my nails red, I remember being young and my mother telling me the stories about how Christians were fed to the lions in this ancient place and after the Christians died the Vestial Virgins than came down from the theater and dipped their nails in the blood of the Christians thus creating the first red nail polish. It is a rather graphic tale for a child but my mother remembered learning the story when…

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JoanneEWilson

An Exam Is Not Worth Your Life

Today I read an article that shook me, not just me as a bar tutor but as a member of the legal community. According to The Legal Intelligenecer, a graduate of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law committed suicide.This student had failed the bar twice. Days before taking bar prep again, he took his own life.As a wise commenter said, maybe there are unknown contributing factors as to why he chose to end his life. Unfortunately, we may never know them and they could be anything. The reasons why someone decides to end their life is very personal. From…

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JoanneEWilson

Alone in Bar Prep World

This is a topic I really focus on in my own blog but I feel like it is something that needs to be thrown out into the legal world over and over until someone changes it.The loneliness of bar prep is enough to drive anyone crazy.The following is an excerpt from an e-mail to a dear friend that I wrote during bar prep:"I just want this nightmare to be over. I don't even care if I pass at this point. I just am tired of it all. It's lonely. It's frustrating. People make me mad for no reason. I've never…

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JoanneEWilson

Facing The New Florida Bar

I was one of the fortunate students who took the February Florida Bar Exam. Everyone told us we were going to be the guinea pigs. For weeks we panicked worrying. I hyperventilated in my seat when the bar examiners called start. I frantically paged through the exam.The new subjects never showed up on the February Florida Bar Exam.As anyone knows who is facing the Florida Bar Exam, the Board of Bar Examiners decided to add subjects. The subjects are dependency, delinquency, commercial paper (also known as payment systems) and secured transactions. No, I'm not gloating. But I remember the feeling of…

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JoanneEWilson

Feeling behind? Join the club!

So a friend of mine wrote me the other day panicking because she felt on day three of bar prep that she was already behind. It hit me like a ton of bricks to hear that because I remember that feeling. I remember feeling like I was unable to get everything done. My first week I felt like I couldn't catch up to where I felt I should have been no matter how hard I tried. I cried over it to the point my cheeks were raw.But to feel behind is normal. It took for the someone at Kaplan to call me…

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JoanneEWilson

Rules Are Made To Be Broken

One of the rules I learned during bar prep was that you should study in a place where you won't be detected. I was told to study in a quiet area where no one could bother me and I could focus solely on my information. It's worked well for hundreds of students and it would be what worked, I was told. I immediately broke that rule. Why break such a fundamental rule of bar prep, you ask?  Because it's a dumb rule. Yes, I know that's juvenile but allow me to explain a bit. When I sat for the February…

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JoanneEWilson

The Proverbial Bar Prep Wall

I keep getting asked for advice from fellow classmates now facing bar prep. One of the things I often get asked about is the dreaded "wall". People will swear to you that you are doomed to hit it. They tell me about how their friend's brother's friend during law school hit the wall and then failed the exam. There's never any details given about the wall. There's never any first hand accounts of the wall. So part of you starts to question this concept. But as bar prep goes on, people will tell you when you have a bad day…

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JoanneEWilson

A Lesson From My Mom: Why You Need To Allow Yourself To Be A Beginner

The night before I started kindergarten I came crying into my mothers bedroom with a piece of paper in my hands. Like any good mom, she immediately asked what was wrong. Through my tears I told her that I didn't want to go to kindergarten, that I wasn't ready.My mom, trying to be patient (keep in mind, I cried a lot as a child), asked me why did I think I wasn't ready to go to kindergarten. I cried "Mommy, they're going to make me write research papers and I can't even spell my name!" And she laughed at me.Now,…

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