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Bar Exam Film Ups Ante for 6 Law Grads

Posted Jul 26, 2007 1:24 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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It's hard enough just studying for the bar exam. But six California law graduates decided to up the ante even further by doing so in the public eye. Responding to a 2006 request by documentary filmmakers, they agreed to allow video footage of everything from crying jags and the struggle to find time to spend with a hospitalized child to the moment of truth as they checked online to find out if they had passed.

Not everyone did, and part of the drama of the documentary, A Lawyer Walks into a Bar, is following the law grads' bar-study saga to the sometimes-bitter end, reports the ABA Journal.

One participant, Megan Meadows, says being filmed helped her study even harder. “I didn’t want anyone recording me if I failed,” she says.

But another, Cassandra Hooks, whose struggle to study while her 4-year-old son was hospitalized with a bacterial infection is documented in the film, was matter-of-fact about the extra scrutiny. “I had signed up for the documentary, so it was just part of that," she says. "If I failed, I just did it in front of a lot of people.”

The film will be available on DVD in September.

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