Hope, Again: Hope Theory in Bar Exam Preparation

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Law Review Article

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health and psychological barriers, bar passage


Even law students who begin their studies with high hope or who learned hopeful strategies during law school may find their bright futures have dimmed by graduation. This article addresses hope in law students in their final term of study and in their initial bar exam preparation after graduation. As students prepare to leave law school, hope often needs renewal, goals need rephrasing, and potential graduates may need an extreme mental makeover. Law faculty have a role to play in this final chapter, just as they did in the first semester of law school.