Legally Katie

It’s the Climb

Some of you may have noticed a slight absence from Legally Katie over the last few months. After doing some soul searching, it became apparent that focusing on the Bar Exam, at least for right now, is what we should be doing. In light of that, I took a few weeks to collect myself in Europe (whoo!) and then sat back to wait for the July Texas Bar Exam results.

The results came out a little over a week ago and I am happy to announce that nearly everyone who used Legally Katie materials passed with flying colors. Unfortunately, the phrase “nearly everyone” inherently means that some people who used our program didn’t pass. It’s those people, anyone who didn’t pass, I want to talk to today. 

First off, this sucks. It totally does. You worked your ass off and for whatever reason, things didn’t work out. Even worse, I can’t tell you with absolute certainty that the next time you choose to sit for the test (if you choose to!) things will go any differently. However, what I can tell you is that your hard work will pay off.

It may not pay off in the way that you become a licensed attorney when you wanted to and it may require even more hours of looking at study guides. But you will become someone who overcomes adversity. You will be resilient in the face of failure. You will be able to hold your head up high, knowing you have chosen the best path for yourself – no matter what that might be.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am forced to love Miley Cyrus. She sang the unofficial song of my sorority sisters (Hey Fall ’13!) and anytime she comes on at the bar, you best believe I will be belting out every word. One of my favorites to quote to a sister in need is the song mentioned in this blog – It’s the Climb.

If you’ve never heard the song, first stop whatever you are doing and go listen because it’s a real bop. Next, come back and chill with me for a second.

So in the song, Miley is really torn up about some unidentified issue in her life. She keeps trying to overcome but every time she does, she slides back to where she began. As I was thinking about what to say in my Return to Blogging, I kept coming back to this thought: it doesn’t matter how many tries it takes to get there, it’s the journey that makes an experience beautiful.

I have spent the last week talking to several people, some who passed and some who didn’t. A few people who passed the Bar Exam decided that while that was great, being an attorney wasn’t for them. Alternatively, people who didn’t pass have taken the news as a sign that they would be happier doing something else. In both cases, these Bar Exam Takers pulled a Miley. 

No matter the outcome of their test, these examinees stopped focusing on what goal they *thought* they needed to achieve. Instead, they stopped and took a moment to look at where they were and how far they’d come.

If you sat for the July Bar Exam, you managed to destroy three years of law school like it was nothing. You met the mental fitness requirements. You paid way too much money to take a test. You studied your ass off for months. You were basically a recluse and had to explain more than once, to everyone from your significant other to your mother, that this test was worth it. That your future was worth it. That you knew what you needed to do and you were going to get it done. And that my friends, is the climb. 

No matter where your mountain top ended up being, you succeeded because you defied the odds to get to where you are now. Instead of laying around dreaming of going to law school, you did it. Instead of talking about studying and putting forth the effort, you made it happen.

You may be thinking, so what? I made this climb and now there’s nothing for me here. But take another lesson from dear ‘ole Miley and remember there is always going to be another mountain. Whether you passed the test or not, this is not the end for you. You can choose to retake or you can choose a completely different path entirely.

Either way, take a moment and realize how far you’ve come. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but you made it.

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