I am an Attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of California (SBN: 284509)
I passed the July 2012 CA Bar Exam on my 11th attempt. I clicked on the "Check Pass List" button on November 16, 2012 at about 6:15 pm.
When I saw that my 11th attempt had been successful, it was like being doused with a bucket of cold water. Chills ran down my spine as a wave of crisp cold relief washed over me.
For the first time in almost five years I wasn't facing two or three months of frantic studying, followed by three days of high stress, then months of ignoring the 8,000 pound gorilla in the corner of the room as I waited for results to be released.
This is my second career. I spent 23+ years in Information Technology.
My interim career of studying for and taking the bar exam has come to a much anticipated, and long overdue, end.
Jason Tolerico's OneTimers Personal Bar Review Course
From the website: "One-Timers provides tutoring services to prepare students for the California BAR exam, utilizing one-on-one attention and personal guidance at the hand of Jason Tolerico, combined with feedback and realistic grading on sample essays and MBE questions."
Jason Tolerico is the reason I passed the CA bar exam. He's my hero. I've posted about my experience in Jason's program here and here. I also talked about his program in comments between these two posts.
I was a "Two-Timer" in the One-Timer program because it took me most of one year to overcome four years of ingrained bad habits. Better that, however, than being a 12-timer (or more) in the CA Bar Exam.
It may be that I owe my legal career to Jason. I don't know that I would have ever passed the bar exam, despite my determination to do so, without his help. What I do know, however, is that I owe my passing score (2000 points, of course) to what I learned from Jason.