Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I Passed the Bar Exam!

   What a relief!

   The swearing-in is the week after Thanksgiving. I guess that is a good reason to cut short my trip home by one day.


   Am celebrating tonight. Given the way this week started, this is quite the turn-around.

   Blogging to resume tomorrow.


Blogger Midwestern Progressive said...

Bostonian Exile, much and many congratulations!

This is but one step on your long and winding road. We look forward to much excellence from you in the future.

Warmest regards.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Midwestern Progressive said...


I'm sure you've heard this before....but....

I always wanted to be a lawyer, but I can NEVER pass a bar without going in for a drink....

10:01 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...


If I learned only one certainty in law school (where nothing is certain), it is that the joke works both ways.

I wonder how many testers stopped at the nearby tavern during the lunch breaks on the exam days...

Many thanks for the vote of confidence!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Pigilito said...

Let's hope that's the last bar you have to pass.

Nice going, I'm sure you're quite proud.

What was the pass rate?

6:26 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful way to start the holiday season - getting sworn in right after Thanksgiving.

Do you see yourself doing a little pro bono work for the poor somewhere down the road? They need good people and minds like yours.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Exile, now that you've proven yourself to be exceptionally brilliant, check out this posting on my blog and tell me if you know the answer to the question.

(No peeking. The answer is at the end.)

10:18 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Congratulations, sir! Well done! If I get in legal trouble, will you give a discount on legal advice to fellow bloggers?

Kathy: The answer is "myself". No, I didn't cheat.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...

Thank you all, not only for your kind wishes but also for your words of encouragement in the past.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...


I don't yet have the numbers for the most recent test.

Historically, about 75% overall pass the July exam. About 80% of first-time testers pass. About 89% from my school pass.

That last number is a bit of a double-edged sword; while almost everyone from my school passes, you really don't want to be in that other 11%.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...


I have to admit that I saw the question on your blog very early a few mornings ago. I was not yet alert enough to engage in the necessary mental gymnastics.

Re pro bono work: I think the most honest answer is maybe. Massachusetts does not have a formal annual pro bono requirement. However, I do think that pro bono work is important and I have done legal aid work in the past. That said, I also think it is of critical importance that an attorney be passionate about the pro bono work he engages in. My passions right now lie in the broad realms of First Amendment protections, especially as concerns religious liberties. That said, the poor (especially those in prison) are far from exempt from needing this kind of service.

So, that's about the best way I can answer your question.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...


I'll give you the same answer I have given members of my own family:

If your gonna start causing trouble, you gotta do it here.

Fair enough?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Midwestern Progressive said...

"If your gonna start causing trouble, you gotta do it here."

Here, as in, in MA?


There was all kinds of trouble i had planned in....(ahem)....other places....

7:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Exile, I agree about the need to be passionate about handling pro bono work. If my life were on the line, I certainly wouldn't want an attorney representing me who didn't really have his heart in the right place.

That leads me to another question. I've always wondered how an attorney could defend someone in court if he really felt in his heart his client was guilty. You could win the case knowing he'll go free and possibly murder, rape, etc., again. That would be a heavy responsibility to bear. I don't think I could do it.

9:38 AM  

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