You’re almost two months out from taking the bar, and things are still…fuzzy. You’re sitting with a group of people you barely recognize, there’s a beverage in your hand that tastes familiar but it’s been so long you can’t quite place it, and there’s a song playing in the background that you’ve never heard before. As a recent law graduate you are theoretically pretty intelligent, but you currently couldn’t be more confused.
Don’t worry, this is to be expected after three months of being a hermit, and pieces will slowly start coming back to you. Those people you barely recognize? Oh, right! Those are people called friends. Normal people do not abandon their friends for weeks at a time, but you haven’t seen these people in months because you were living under a pile of bar prep books. That beverage in your hand? It’s alcohol! Remember, it’s that liquid you used to drink when you actually had time for fun. That song in the background? Who knows? Apparently the music industry did not stop producing when you fell off the face of the earth in June.
The only questions that remain are what day is it and what the heck is going on?! Your expertly honed, though slightly impaired, sense of deduction tells you it must be some date after the last Thursday in July, because that day was dedicated to sleeping for 12 hours and binge watching television. Now, several weeks later, you are STILL mentally and physically exhausted.
Am I describing your life? Probably. Everyone talks about how miserable the bar is – and don’t get me wrong, “miserable” doesn’t even begin to cover it, so why don’t people talk about how miserable life is after the bar? Trying to assimilate back into your pre-bar life, anxiously waiting for results that you won’t receive for months, second guessing your answers, job hunting, and the constant questions from friends and family about “how it went,” and that they “just know you passed” is about as stressful as the test itself.
For starters, let’s talk about warnings, side effects, and advice that will aid you in resuming your pre-bar life.
Please drink semi-responsibly.
The limited amount of alcohol consumed during bar prep has probably made you a total lightweight. Don’t be surprised if one or two strong drinks turns a four into a ten. Be aware that over-consumption could lead to embarrassment, the drunk tank, or guilt the next day.