There's no way around this. Facts are facts. If you pass the February Exam, you are destined for greatness.
Don't get me wrong, passing the CA Bar Exam in July is an amazing accomplishment. And congrats to everybody who has put in the hard work on any July Bar Exams. But let's be honest, it's not as impressive as passing the February Bar Exam (with its lower passing rates).
For instance, most July Bar Exam takers are walking in with graduation money (and confidence) oozing out of their pockets, with third year study skills still sharp, having taken an expensive bar exam Prep Course with friends, with a cushy job lined up after a Europe river cruise lined up for extra motivation, and probably still living at home eating hot lasagna on Friday nights. Again it's a very difficult exam and I am not trying to diminish it. But there's also a difference between climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and climbing Mt Everest.
Now let's talk about Mt Everest ... sorry, the February Bar Exam. Most February Bar Exam takers are walking in cold (it's February after all) with boring grey sweatshirts on, working part-time or full-time at a job they hate, using precious vacation time to take this stupid exam, studying during the stressful holiday season with siblings announcing pregnancies and old college flings wanting something, probably had to study from recycled bar exam materials on Ebay because the student loan money ran out, and had to fight off depression from not passing or even taking the last bar exam. Many February takers are repeaters who needed to reflect, assess, develop, and overcome. Many are takers who had to deal with a personal problem and sat out the July bar exam while they handled their business. I love these testers. Real Law Life stuff.
It's a no brainer, right? Give me the February Bar Exam takers and passers all day, every day. The grinders. The warriors. The people I would hire to run my company. The guys and gals who took a long look in the mirror and decided to run through that pain wall a second time. Let's goooooooo. Good luck on the February Bar Exam. And please enjoy and share your greatness with us afterwards.
And for anyone who is planning on climbing the next Bar Exam mountain, do yourself a serious favor and buy SexyMnemonics Law. All we have is each other.