Bar Passage Rates Are In


The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!

Maybe not. But that’s still one of my favorite movie scene 40 years later.
But the passage rates from the July 2018 Mississippi Bar exam are in: 58.8% passed.
A bit over 4 out of every 10 failed. Some would call them the lucky ones.
175 people took the exam.
The passage rate for Ole Miss’ first time takers was 73.7%. Here is the school’s press release. It says 38 students were first time takers.  I don’t have MC’s stats.
My Take:
Congratulations if you passed. Now you know how Navin Johnson felt.
The passage rates shouldn’t be what they were before 2008 because a legal career is not as attractive a profession as it used to be. Many smart people who don’t burn to be a lawyer wisely pursue other careers.
That’s how it should be. This is a tough profession. It should be reserved for idiots like me who burned for it and, despite all my bitching, couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
I feel bad for the people who failed. If it’s anything like when I took the exam, it’s the most stressful experience of your life. Until then, that is. Life gets a lot more stressful with jobs, marriages, kids, divorces, loved ones dying and someone eating your lunch you stashed in the break room fridge.
Sidebar: I suspect the movie ‘The Usual Suspects’ was actually inspired by efforts to identify the break room food thief at a law firm.
It’s been 25 years, but I remember bar exam week better than I remember last week. The memories:

the jackhammer going off out on the street outside the Robert E. Lee building where we took the test;
some people were too nervous to sleep at night;
one guy was so nervous he chain smoked a carton of cigarettes;
one dude punched

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