7 Awesome and Productive Things To Do
While Waiting For Bar Exam Results
Students often wonder what to do while waiting for bar exam results. Many students rush to apply to work somewhere. However, it is generally a bad time to apply for a job if you are not working or don’t have some preexisting connection. Employers tend to be skeptical of hiring those waiting for bar exam results. You are overqualified for paralegal positions and underqualified for attorney positions.
However, whether you work or not, there are still plenty of ways to be productive and awesome while waiting for bar exam results. In this post, we list seven things to do while waiting for bar exam results.
7 Awesome and Productive Things To Do While Waiting For Bar Exam Results
1. Learn something about finances.
Since you will be making money as an attorney, it is well worth it to learn about finances. So many people focus on making money that they never realize that they are throwing away so much money with bad financial decisions!
We highly recommend that you start by reading Your Money or Your Life. This book is life changing for many people and is a great introduction to a new way of thinking about money. It is also an easy read. We also love the blog The Money Habit. The blog is written by a Harvard graduate who retired at 28 years old. (We are not affiliated with the book or the blog and do not make any money for recommending either! We just genuinely love both.)
2. Reflect on what you want out of life.
This sounds cliché but a lot of people just wander from one stage of life to the next, on some pre-set path, without ever asking themselves if this is what they want to do. Take advantage of this “in between”time period of your life to reflect on what you want moving forward.
Set aside a dedicated time to do reflect on what you actually want out of life. Don’t just think “well I want a job.” Instead, go to your local coffee shop with a journal. Think about and articulate your priorities. For example, if you are considering career options, instead of thinking only of what field you want to work in, think of what kind of life you want to have. Some priorities may be:
- Making money
- A flexible schedule
- A challenging career
- A career where you are given autonomy
- A career that provides a good amount of work-life balance
- A career that helps you develop a specific skill (e.g. a research-focused job, litigation-focused job, etc.)
3. Do something you missed while studying.
Catch up on House of Cards. Learn how to make that perfect mint mohito. Go visit your sister or have coffee with your mom. Now is the perfect time to recharge your battery and do something you missed doing while studying.
It is not too late to plan a post-bar exam vacation. Getting away from where you are can be beneficial. Not only will you get away physically, but you will also get away mentally. You can leave some of the bar exam stress and anxiety that you felt while studying behind. It can be a wonderful break from waiting for bar exam results to come in!
A good post bar exam vacation does not have to be super-pricey nor does it have to be very long. Read this post for four tips to planning a stellar post-bar exam vacation.
5. Update your resume and LinkedIn page.
When was the last time you updated your resume or LinkedIn page? Now is the perfect time to polish both! Proofread both. Update your accomplishments. Update your picture on LinkedIn. Get everything ready to apply for jobs. Read more tips about polishing up your LinkedIn page here.
Now is also a good time to attend any networking events or events of any professional associations you are involved in. These can be a great avenues to establish or maintain professional connections.
6. Come up with your “Plan A” and your “Plan B”.
Your “Plan A” is what you will do if you pass the bar exam. Creating your “Plan A” may entail planning your swearing-in ceremony and any post-bar exam celebrations. You may also choose to reach out to certain connections or apply for certain jobs if you pass. Plan out the path you will take if you pass the bar exam now.
Don’t forget to come up with your “Plan B” too – that is, what you will do if you fail the bar exam. Will you take time off work? Will you try a new approach when you study?
We recommend you read the following posts:
- How to come up with a Plan B for if you fail the bar exam
- How to tell your boss you failed the bar exam
- A note to those who fail the bar exam
- I failed the bar exam. What should I do?
- Should I rewatch my bar review lectures? (thankfully the answer is “no” in most cases)
- 12 tips for working and studying for the bar exam
7. Build an exercise routine.
You probably were not at the peak of physical health while you were studying for the bar exam. Now is a good time to get back into shape. If you have really fallen out of an exercise routine, just start by exercising a couple days a week and start slow. It is the perfect time to build healthy habits again before you enter the next phase of your life as an attorney.
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Ashley Heidemann is the owner and founder of JD Advising. Ms. Heidemann scored over a 180 on the Michigan Bar Exam in February of 2011 after graduating as the #1 student in her law school class of over 200 students in 2011. She, as well as a team of others, offer bar exam courses, seminars, and private tutoring for bar exam students nationwide. This includes services for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and Michigan bar exam. Please click here to contact her company, with any questions.