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The Law School Toolbox Podcast: Tools for Law Students from 1L to the Bar Exam, and Beyond

315 EpisodesProduced by Alison Monahan and Lee Burgess - Law School Toolbox, LLCWebsite

The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts A… read more


073: What To Do if You Failed the Bar Exam (with Ariel Salzer)

Welcome back! Today we're talking about a difficult reality – what happens when you don’t pass the bar exam. Ariel Salzer, one of our bar exam tutors, is here with Lee to share some advice.

If you got disappointing bar exam news, we have helpful tips in this podcast to help you regroup and get ready to pass next time. If you're in law school now, you can also find some useful information on how to be as prepared as possible so, hopefully, you only have to take the bar exam once. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What should you do when you get bad news?
  • Does anyone really care if you failed (other than you)?
  • How to analyze what went wrong
  • Strategies for self-reflection
  • Why it's important to feel bad and take some time and space to be upset
  • Creating your bar prep mission statement
  • How to make sure you aren't setting yourself up for the same mistakes on your next attempt
  • How to hold yourself accountable during the bar study period
  • Avoiding self-sabotage
  • How to tell people you failed
  • Do you need accommodations and how to seek them?
  • Should you take the next bar exam or wait?
  • How to take a more active role in the correction, review, and rewrite process


If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (

Thanks for listening! And good luck on the bar exam.

Alison & Lee

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