Bar takers in California, New York, Ohio, and Texas still await the release of scores. Adding to the angst of awaiting the results of a test that determines entry into your chosen profession, is word that MBE scores are on a national decline. Other states like Florida, Kansas, and Missouri have posted jawdropping pass rates ranging from 50-63%. News from bad to scary, logically, can lead to doubt and self-debasing thoughts like who am I to pass if only 6 of every 10 bar takers passed the bar?
The thought resounds even louder to those who entered law school against the odds. Those with LSAT scores below 150; those who juggled working to provide for a family by day, and the competitive rigors of law study by night; those who managed the anxiety of chronic illness and attendance requirements; those who faced the implicit biases that precluded their participation in study groups or access to the best outlines; those whose humble social or financial backgrounds placed them in a daily battle with imposter syndrome; those whose law schools don't rank elite . . . silently question who am I to pass?
Let these words be the fight song for the academic underdog. You entered law school, wind at your front, and made it. You fed your family and persevered. You commuted two hours to and from school and made the 8:00 AM lectures. You tutored yourself. You feared failure, but kept going. You ignored the rankings, and focused on your exams. When things got hard, you got harder. Who are you to pass . . . ?
I ask who are you not to?