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It happens. Despite years of hard work and dedication, every year thousands of attorneys fail to pass the bar exam. This year was particularly bad, with some of the lowest pass rates ever in many states.

So, don't worry, if you failed, you're not alone -- and you can still go on to have a successful career. But what should you do in the meantime?

Harvard Professor: 'Low Bar Passage Rates Can Be a Good Thing'

Harvard law Professor Noah Feldman recently put forth the suggestion that it's not up to law school admissions to baby law school applicants out of applying for schools; its up to students to make their own decisions.

Although there is nothing particularly earth shattering about this statement, it strikes some people as being outrageous, given that bar passage rates have been plummeting. But the professor remains adamant in his position. Although, Harvard JDs probably don't have too hard a time with the bar exam, do they?

It's a tough time to be a law school. Your grads are failing the bar at incredibly high rates. The smart kids are all going to grad school to be coders, not lawyers. Grads are indebted, unhappy, and unemployed. Even The New York Times has started calling some law schools scams. Scams.

Will anyone do what's necessary and start putting some law schools out of their misery?

There have been bank robbers, drug dealers, and even murderers who have all become lawyers. But convicted sex offenders? That might be a step too far for the Ohio bar, which is seeking to prevent a former Army officer convicted of trying to have sex with young girls from taking the state bar exam.

The Ohio Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case of John Tynes, the former sex offender seeking to become a lawyer. Tynes served 19 months in prison 17 years ago, after he was caught trying to meet a girl younger than 15 for sex.

Bar Exam Gets Hate Mail From Law School Prez

"No one who graduates from an ABA-accredited law school with a strong GPA should have to take the bar exam." At least this is the opinion of the president of Brooklyn Law School, Nicholas Allard. "The test is "expensive, and not a great measure of competence to actually practice law."

Allard's opinion echoes those of many frustrated law students who regard the exam as an outmoded relic of law school mythos and are calling for it to be abolished. He is part of an increasing number of law school professors and professionals who have previously kept silent with regards to the bar exam and its monolithic presence. When bar exam passage rates have dropped to a depressingly low level, the time seems right to question the exam itself.

3 Test-Taking Tips From the Harvard Grad Who Aced the SAT

October 3rd is just around the corner and it looks like the latest SAT is set to ruin the lives of a fresh legion of college hopefuls. Whether you're gearing up for the SAT, LSAT, or bar exam, there are a few universal tricks to help you excel.

According to one test-taking expert, your strategy should include sleep, proper strategy, and sugar water.

Just a few months ago, young law students and aspiring future lawyers sat down for the ritualized torture that is the state bar exam. Now, the results are starting to come in and things aren't looking good.

Scores on the Multistate Bar Exam multiple-choice questions tanked, dropping even lower than last year's disappointing results. They were the lowest scores in over 25 years, dropping to a mean score of 139.9, compared to 2014's 141.5 and 2013's 144.3, Bloomberg reports. State passage rates are likely to continue their decline as a result.

Who will get the blame?

A note to all the J.D.'s who just sat for the California bar exam: you're chumps. The State Bar Board of Trustees has unanimously approved dropping the bar exam's notorious third day. That brings California in line with pretty much every other state bar exam. Had you waited just two more years, you would have had a third less to do.

But don't worry, the future, shorter exam won't be any easier.

Once you're done sitting for the bar, you'll probably want to head to a real bar. You've dedicated years of your life and months of cramming to the bar exam -- going out for a night of celebration is your right and obligation.

But as a soon-to-be-lawyer, you don't want to drink just any swill. Here are seven drinks to help you celebrate finishing the bar exam the right way.

As the bar exam creeps ever closer, you're probably finding yourself scrambling to get the UCC under your belt, trying to up your memory, or just generally panicking. It's normal. But don't let your dread and apprehension blind you to the best part of taking the bar: being done.

In just about a week you will be done with the bar exam and once again remember what it's like to be a part of humanity again. Don't let the moment go to waste. Here are five things to do once you've finished the bar exam: