Sometimes I get notes from prospective students that just break my heart. Here’s one that I received this morning (the day after Florida Results were released):
“I am really confused here [about] my options. I took both parts of the Florida Bar Exam in July 2011 and I passed part 1 with a score of 142 and failed the MBE part with a score of 128 ( which is just below the average of the two parts).
Friends informed me to retake part 2 only and they will average both parts from the previous and the recent parts. I just received my scores for the MBE and got 134 which is below the 136 required but with the average of the two parts I could have passed. But apparently they will not use the overall method if you do not take both parts at the same administration.”
As I had to point out to this individual, their “friends” were wrong. Completely. Totally. Absolutely. And now, to this person’s dismay, they have to start over and retake the exam - again. All of this could have been prevented had this individual taken a bar review with a reputable provider instead of relying on hearsay, bar “mythology” and bad advice from friends.
In order to save a few dollars, it will now cost this individual several thousand dollars more, to say nothing of lost job opportunities and wages for 6 more months. Don’t be foolish. Go to experts for expert advice - not your friends!