Why Should You Care About the Bar Exam?

Dan Canon
I Taught the Law
Published in
5 min readSep 27, 2022

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Taken from Prof. Renée Lettow Lerner’s delightful article about 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast

You didn’t take the bar exam. That’s probably because you didn’t go to law school. Good for you. Law school is hard. Your first year is an elaborate hazing ritual in which we law professors pull out your brain and put it back in upside down. We make you read hundreds of pages every week while looking for summer jobs and shoring up extra-curriculars for your résumé. Most classes base your grade on one all-or-nothing exam…

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Dan Canon
I Taught the Law

Civil rights lawyer, law professor, and high school dropout. Writes about the Midwest, class struggle, and the untold horrors of the legal system.