The bar exam is looming for our recent graduates. I saw this reassuring post on MsJD and thought I'd pass it along. The blogger confesses that she flubbed an essay and a portion of one of the performance tests on the California bar exam (Quote:"when I got to the question, I was baffled. What was the question even getting at?"). And guess what, she still passed! I had a similar experience. On the first day, I felt like my answer on one of the essays and my entire performance test response were horrible. At the end of the first day, I seriously considered not going back for Day Two, convinced that I had ruined my chances of passing. But a calmer, more rational mind prevailed (my husband's), and I went back and sailed through Days Two and Three relatively serenely. And yes, I passed. You won't know everything on the bar exam. If you hit an incomprehensible patch, don't panic. Take several deep breaths, then do the best you can with the pesky parts. When you're finished, don't allow the memory of the rough patches to completely rattle you. Focus on the parts that you felt confident about (yes, there will be times when you feel triumphant and masterful during the bar exam, unless you spent all of June and July goofing off). When it's over, go do something fun and be very, very nice to the friends and family who were supportive of you while you were studying.