My journey. I graduated law school May 12, 2012. It was such an exciting day…until I realized that I was leaving my family, friends, house, my life. Everything that I have ever known is in NC aside from undergrad. I moved 16 hours away from everything I’ve ever known to begin a new journey with Chief, AND to fulfill my goal of becoming an attorney.
My journey led me to Kansas City and a week after getting here I began bar prep classes. Bar prep really isn’t that bad. I don’t care what anyone tells you. It’s not as long as you put in the work during law school. (I say that now but I’m still praying for success…results are released in September.) My summer consisted of me attending 3 hour lectures on every subject tested on the Missouri Bar and then condensing that information into an outline. I would then do tons of practice multiples and essays. I did this every single day (almost every single day 😉 ) until July 23. That’s the part that sucks about bar prep. The time you spend looking at the material over, and over, and over, and over again. You give up your entire summer for two days.
Along with studying for the bar, you have to complete your life story, also known as “Character and Fitness,” and submit it for approval to the Board of Law Examiners. Everyone…I submitted my application in February. I spent the entire summer checking my email and my bar page over and over again waiting for approval. Everyone around me was getting approved…I wasn’t. I began to break down. I would cry. I would pray. I didn’t understand. So finally, I called and I was informed that Goth, my best-friend, didn’t send in her portion. I flipped out. It was two weeks before the bar exam and my C&F wasn’t approved because of one document that they never received. Needless to say I called her, cried, and made her take care of it ASAP. She said she never received an email from them and that’s neither here or there. The point is, she sent it in that very day.
So then I waited. And I waited. I took the bar exam on July 24 and 25 and I felt fairly confident. But no C&F. So I continued to wait. And then, I received an email from them last week stating that I didn’t disclose something. WHAT?!?!?! What are you talking about? I broke down crying yet again. Why was all of this happening?! I wiped my tears, I sent an email explaining how I was unaware, I amended my bar application, yet again, and I waited. And I prayed.
And then today happened. I went for my morning run today. Week six of the running program. I got back to my place and I had “runner’s high.” My endorphins were going and I was about to juice when my phone vibrated with an email. It was an email from the bar.
Character and Fitness Application: APPROVED. 😆 I cried again but this time it was tears of joy. I called Chief and of course he stated, “I told you so.” And then I looked in the mirror and I realized that I couldn’t stop smiling. I stood there glowing from my run and glowing from my good news. High on happiness.
I’m now one step closer to becoming an attorney. God is good.