Chance favors the prepared. I thought I would share my favorite quote, attributed to nineteenth century French scientist Louis Pasteur, as you prepare for the bar exam. It applies to you, most favorably.
Your prospects are great. When you chose to come to UC Hastings three years ago, you made a decision that has since provided you with the best possible training for the legal profession. You have been well served by your education. You should have the confidence that as an institution we have traditionally boasted bar passage rates among the highest to be found in the state.
You already have been studying for weeks. I have no doubt that you have been as dedicated as possible. Given the tremendous work you have done, I encourage you to take a moment to ensure you have the most positive attitude as well: hike along Ocean Beach, listen to a jazz concert at Yoshi's, or enjoy a good meal with your best friends. Over time, you have triumphed in every context: there is only this one last task that must be completed for you to become an attorney at law. If you have ever suffered any anxiety about testing, as everyone does at some point, practice will be even more crucial; breathe deeply before beginning and manage your time by pacing yourself.
All of UC Hastings' faculty and staff are pulling for your success, and I invite you to enjoy some photos of us wishing you "good luck" on our Facebook page.
You got this.
Frank H. Wu
Chancellor & Dean
University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco is redefining legal education through our experiential, interdisciplinary, and international approach to the law. We integrate rigorous academics with hands-on practice, preparing our graduates to tackle the legal challenges—and leverage the opportunities—of the 21st century.
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