Becoming certified to practice law in the U.S. usually involves three years of rigorous study. Followed by a month of studying, sleepless nights, hyper-caffeination, and maybe even a little premature hair loss. And it all leads up to to a multi-hour or multi-day exam which tolls more of the same. And the initial reward for finishing? A three-month long wait.
You might think we have it tough in the U.S., but before you pack up your bags (and law books) and ship off to greener law pastures abroad, there might be a thing or two to be thankful for...
Why You're Glad You Took a Bar Exam in the U.S. :
- You didn't have to be among the 85% of Brazilians who regularly fail their country's exam
- You don't have to know the difference between a barrister or solicitor. And for the indecisive, you don't have to choose one path either, like you would have to in England.
- You can sidestep answering questions like this one from the Scottish Bar Exam:
- You don't have to be in 'exam mode' for 10 weeks, like you would be in Ireland.
- You don't have to wait until next year to try again, like you would have to in the Philippines. (And you won't be 'taxed' to prove your knowledge of Tax Law as you would be there, either.)
- Bar examination (Wikipedia)
- Bar Results Open Thread: Everybody Still Have a Job? (Above The Law)
- Bar Council, Not Style Council (FindLaw's Solicitor)
- After the Bar (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- 99 Things to Do With Your JD, Besides Practice Law (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- 111 Ways to Find Your Next Legal or Non-Legal Job (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)