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I graduated law school in May 2018. I did not have a job lin mera8808/20/18
Don't postpone, sit for the interview, be confident, say a t therewillbeblood08/20/18
thank you mera8808/20/18
I got nothing to add here, therewillbeblood's answer is perf dingbat08/20/18
Agreed. But, if your resume said something like, “sitting justdoingok08/20/18
Asked and answered above. Don't let things like this get to isthisit08/20/18
Why would you ever cancel an interview? Let them decide if t thirdtierlaw08/20/18
Pretty much, there are very few reasons to cancel an intervi superttthero08/20/18
I would agree, you "seriously screwed up." Even if you get hairypalms08/20/18
mera88 (Aug 20, 2018 - 4:14 pm)

I graduated law school in May 2018. I did not have a job lined up. I screwed up big time. I was suppose to sit for the bar exam in July 2018 but I could not study at all so I did not sit for it. My plan is to sit for it in February 2019 instead. However, in July while I was sort of studying for the bar and before the barbri midterm I was applying for jobs. I have heard back from one of those jobs for an interview. The job description said that the person should be barred in New York or willing to take the exam to get barred. I accepted the interview but I am having second thoughts. However, since I just graduated and I am interviewing with lawyers they will know the process of graduating and then sitting for the July 2018 bar. I know it will be a huge red flag to them if I say I did not sit for the July 2018 bar exam. How do I approach this situation? Should I cancel the interview? And does anybody know what they mean by willing to take the bar exam, does that mean they will give someone time off to study?

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therewillbeblood (Aug 20, 2018 - 4:28 pm)

Don't postpone, sit for the interview, be confident, say a temporary personal issue came up meaning you had to miss the bar exam, don't elaborate. "Willing to take the bar exam" means "if you're not barred you better get barred ASAP."

Don't ask for time off to study, other than perhaps the day or two days before. You won't need it if you start studying now -- honestly, you can pass the New York bar exam with a few months of weekend-only study. It's a test of minimum competency, people just build it up way too much in their head.

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mera88 (Aug 20, 2018 - 4:40 pm)

thank you

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dingbat (Aug 20, 2018 - 5:32 pm)

I got nothing to add here, therewillbeblood's answer is perfect

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justdoingok (Aug 20, 2018 - 6:30 pm)

Agreed. But, if your resume said something like, “sitting for the July 2018 Ny bar exam,” you may want to call the firm to clarify this before the interview so they don’t have certain expectations after taking the time to conduct an interview.

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isthisit (Aug 20, 2018 - 6:46 pm)

Asked and answered above. Don't let things like this get to you in the future. The practice is full of misstatements and half-truths.

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thirdtierlaw (Aug 20, 2018 - 7:04 pm)

Why would you ever cancel an interview? Let them decide if they are going to ding you or not.

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superttthero (Aug 20, 2018 - 7:05 pm)

Pretty much, there are very few reasons to cancel an interview.

This isn't one of them.

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hairypalms (Aug 20, 2018 - 7:24 pm)

I would agree, you "seriously screwed up." Even if you get an interview, you will now be dinged in favor of those individuals that did pass the bar. You will have a red flag until you pass that bar exam, and even then some law firms may surmise that you failed the July bar exam. The whole goal is to graduate, have a job lined up and pass the bar that summer. If you have a job lined up, your firm will in all likelihood give you 1-2 more chances to pass. If you do not have a job lined up, you are generally of no use to law firms unless and until you pass the bar. They want to bill you out at attorney rates, not paralegal or law clerk rates. You're in a tough spot, like many recent law grads that do not have a job lined up. The longer it takes you to pass that bar exam, the more you are going to screw yourself. If you don't pass February, your next opportunity to take the bar will be next July. By that time, you will be competing against a whole new crop of eager beaver law graduates fresh on the scene. Law graduates have a limited sell by date. Isn't law fun?

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