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Professor Richard Sander of the University of California Los Angeles calls it the "mismatch theory." He's written a law review article, a book, and an article for The Atlantic about the subject -- how affirmative action supposedly sets up minorities to fail by placing them in schools that are too rigorous for them to handle.

His study, unsurprisingly, was not met with open arms. Critics complained that he lacked sufficient data to make the conclusions asserted. His response was to go to the one place that has all the data he'd ever need: the California State Bar.

Except they said no. Until the California Supreme Court, last week, said yes.

If you took the bar exam this past summer, then you have probably found out if you passed the bar exam. And, while others are jumping for joy, there are invariably some, who are not celebrating. It's time to break old study habits and change the game plan, because clearly (and I don't mean to be harsh), the current strategy did not work.

So, here are five tried and true tips that worked for me (ahem, I passed the bar in three states first time around). Sure, everyone is different, but I truly believe anyone can pass the bar exam. It's all in the approach ...

Seriously, this is becoming a new hobby: find and criticize proposals to "fix" law schools. (Don't ask about my ideas. With apologies to the South, it would somewhat resemble Sherman's March to the Sea, razing diploma mill schools, cutting seats everywhere else, and eliminating any ABA-sponsored tenure requirements to cut costs and tuition.)

Today's proposal? Lets make third-year useful again by incorporating bar exam prep classes into the curriculum. It's not a bad idea -- it's just mostly pointless.

How to Prepare Yourself for Bar Results: A Checklist

How do you prepare for bar results? The test was awful and the wait was possibly worse, but now that states are rolling out their pass lists, the day you get your bar results might be its own kind of dreadful.

It doesn't have to be, though, future barrister.

While many states have already released their bar exam pass lists, one of the most monstrous states for bar exam takers, California, has not yet done so. So for those of you still waiting for bar results, here's a checklist to help you prepare:

Maybe you've failed the bar exam ... multiple times. Or you passed the bar, but after getting laid off from a $30,000/year job, you've realized that the state of legal affairs in your state leaves little hope for the future. Maybe you're a third-year law student, with few job prospects, and you're trying to figure out where to set up your refrigerator box for a few months of post-grad homelessness.

You've got a lot of factors to consider when choosing your future state. Do you want to aim for the Bible Belt, or live amongst hipsters in Seattle? Do you have any family in that state from which you can mooch off of for a few weeks, months years? And, of course, there are the important considerations:

It's that time of year ... you should be getting your bar exam results soon. If you live in New York, then you already know if you passed, but those in California have to wait until November 22nd to find out their results.

It's funny how it works. After the exam you're just relieved to be done, then you get on with your life, and just as things approach normal you remember -- the date for the exam results is coming soon -- and the stress starts to build all over again.

So on that fateful day, what should you do after you find out your bar exam results?

So You Failed The Bar: 5 Things To Keep In Mind

So, you failed the bar and life sucks right now. As bar results continue to trickle in, with New York's bar results just coming in a couple days ago and California's about to roll out next month, many anxious new grads are awaiting (read: dreading) their fate.

Unfortunately, someone's going to fail. Statistically, this is impossible to avoid. Actually, it's just impossible to avoid in general because the bar is a beast. As they say, if it was easy, everyone would do it. So, for those of you who already got the bad news, or for those of you bracing for it, here are 5 things to keep in mind.

With a few signatures from Governor Jerry Brown, California may have just become the most immigrant-friendly state in the country. On Saturday, Gov. Brown signed a package of bills reducing the state's cooperation with federal deportation programs, giving undocumented immigrants the right to obtain driver's licenses, and most important for our purposes, allowing undocumented immigrants to practice law, so long as the other requirements of bar admission are met.

While the legislation should have far-reaching effects across the state, it will be especially good news for one 36-year-old man, who has been waiting for a green card since the age of 17, and who passed the bar in 2009, yet is still waiting to practice law. Sergio Garcia's case ended up in the California Supreme Court last month, but with the new legislation, the case may be moot.

There may be no pragmatic reason for you to be sworn in to the Supreme Court. After all, how many of us will ever actually argue a case in those hallowed chambers? Still, for most of us, the Supreme Court represents the epitome of our legal system.

It may be the Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park of American law, home of some of the greatest legal minds in history, the playing field for countless others, but gaining admission is simply a matter of applying, after meeting a few prerequisites.

In honor of Supreme Court Week here at FindLaw, here are the rules of the game:

It's beginning. The standing room only crowd of recently-admitted lawyers looking for careers just got a bit more crowded, with four states already releasing bar results. For those of you waiting until November, we empathize with your misery. For those who just got their results, well, we empathize with you as well.

The results parade began, as usual, with North Carolina, which experienced a ten percent dip in passage rate, according to Above the Law. Utah, Florida, and Indiana have also released results. For the examinees in those states, here are a few pieces of advice: