Thursday, February 23, 2023


You took the bar exam! And now . . . the real work begins: Figuring out what to do with your days that are not filled with lectures, reading, practice, and review. Your path moves forward, but for academic support teams at law schools everywhere, we move in circles, in some ways. We are back in the office, continuing with our semesters, and as of this morning we are planning for July.

My law school has an inspiring motto: "protect it, improve it, pass it on." And in that spirit, I ask all who just sat for the bar exam what advice would you pass on to future law students? To current 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls? What do you wish someone told you (or wish that you had listened to when someone told you) as you began or progressed through your law school career? Everyone has helpful advice to share, and so I encourage you to email your school’s academic support team, or maybe the student class leadership, with advice to help smooth the road for those who are coming behind you.

For now, rest, and reflect on the notion that you have achieved something that is the privilege of only a tiny fraction of people on Earth: you completed your undergraduate education, you gained admission into law school, you graduated with a JD, and now you have completed the bar exam. As the dust settles, take a moment to reflect on all your accomplishments, the enormous opportunity you now have to serve the people in your community, to do some good. You are forever an ambassador of your law school and your profession. And no matter what school you attended, law school academic support professionals across the country can’t wait to see what you do next, and all the ways you will help the profession shine.


(Lisa DeLaTorre)

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