I think I'm going to hyperventilate. Ready or not, this thing is happening.
I read on some blog a while back that you shouldn't consider the bar to be the most important test that you ever take. After all, the author argued, you had to pass many threshold exams to reach this point.
To this I say, bullshit. I had not yet invested 3 years of my life and a hundred grand when I took the LSAT. Had I done poorly, I would have found another line of work--likely incurring far less debt and certainly a lesser time commitment. And while I had to pass many law school exams to graduate and reach this point, it is very difficult to flunk out of law school, and one failed exam would have at most delayed my graduation by a semester. Failing the bar delays my entry into the profession by at least 6 months--but the grim reality is that if you can't pass the first time around, you're chances of passing the second time are bleak. And if I fail I will be faced with loans coming due, no job, and a return to the hell I am living right now.
So, yes, this is the most important exam of my life. And I will allow myself to indulge in a mini freak-out as I ponder this.