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Bar exam time is upon us: Look out for stressed out grads

Is this "The Scream" -- or just another Minnesota law grad preparing for the bar?

Is this "The Scream" -- or just another law grad preparing for the bar?

Law school library carrels throughout the state are filled with hundreds of harried looking recent law grads, pulling out their hair, chugging diet sodas, sleeping on top of their law books and plugging into podcasts on fascinating topics such as civil procedure. Yep, you guessed it, it’s bar exam time once again.

The summer administartion of the biannual test/ rite of passage lawyers will be held Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (7/27 and 7/28) at the RiverCenter in St. Paul. So happy and relaxed at their graduations just a couple of short months ago, these would-be lawyers have enough angst to make Munch’s “The Scream” look like one of those yellow smiley faces.

But never fear you poor sweating masses of unwashed, unshaven and unhappy learners of the law. Close to 90 percent of Minnesota bar exam takers pass — one of the highest pass rates in the country. Odds of 9 out of 10 ain’t bad at all. The odds are much lower for say snaring that first law job.

So prepare to the best of your ability (you don’t want to be part of the unfortunate 10 percent after all), but also try to keep things in context and give yourself a break every now and then.

If you just cannot shake the stress, there are resources there to help you — such as the good folks over at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. I’m assured by Joan Bibelhausen, the group’s executive director, that it is also concerned for would-be lawyers and would “absolutely” welcome your call and offer assistance.

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