Meet Paulina Bandy. The girl who passed the bar exam on the 14th try.
July 16, 2007 03:41 PM
Thanks to the hilarious David Lat over at Above the Law, Paulina Bandy has been brought to my attention. The timing is perfect too, because I've been down in the dumps about my law practice. They don't show it on the tv shows, but it can be... well... extremely boring. But there's nothing like the less fortunate to make one feel better about one's self:
ORANGE – Paulina Bandy couldn't fail the state bar exam again.
Not after she failed 13 times before.
Not after she had spent tens of thousands to attend law school. Not after she put her husband Jon Gomez through the ringer for so many years. Not after the debt she piled up forced her family to move into a 365-square-foot home.
Not after she spent the last eight years of her life studying to pass one stinking test.
Her 14th try came on a day in February. She did breathing exercises and self-hypnosis.
During this time, she sold off her wedding gifts at garage sales, spent thousands of dollars on exam fees and prep courses, and was told by her father-in-law that she was "a pretend lawyer" who had ruined his son's life.
But after the 14th attempt, the call came. She passed:
Thank you, Paulina Bandy. You are
one crazy, self-destructive woman an inspiration.