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Will I Be Fired If I Fail the Bar Exam?

Will I Be Fired If I Fail the Bar Exam?: Failing the bar exam is a terrible experience. Confusion, anger, and depression are just a few of the emotions many feel. For those who secured employment before their results came out, the next question often is: “Will I be fired if I fail the bar exam?” In this post, we’ll go over several scenarios, and how they might play out if you failed.

Will I Be Fired If I Fail the Bar Exam?

1. Usually, those working in big law firms get another chance.

Generally, if you work in a big law firm, you get a second shot on the bar exam. They know anyone can have a bad day, and that it is not a true reflection of your abilities. Problems begin to arise when people fail the bar the third time. If it is not clear what your firm’s policy is, ask!

2. If you signed an offer letter, check it to see if there is anything dealing with failing the bar exam.

If you are unsure of your employer’s stance on failing the bar exam, check your offer letter. Some employers stipulate that you need to pass the bar on your first or second try. If this is the case, make sure that you let your employer know you may need more time set aside to make sure you pass the next time.

3. If you are not sure, it’s best to be upfront with your boss and tell them.

If you are not sure whether you will be fired if you fail the bar exam, it is best to be open about it with your boss. Read this article on how to tell your boss you failed the bar exam if you are not sure how to go about it. He or she will be far more sympathetic if you are upfront and honest. Hiding it, or trying to blame someone or something else, is only going to reflect negatively on you. So, own your failure and do so sooner rather than later! Also, develop a plan to pass the next time before you speak with your boss or an HR representative. This will show you are taking initiative on your own.