Wow! This was so inspirational to me! I thought I was out here all on my own in this regard and now see that people like me are passing. I started law school in Ohio in 1993. The Friday of Labor Day weekend of my second year, I fell down a flight of stairs, broke both of my legs, and had to drop out of school. I went back in January 1997, graduated in December 1998, and moved to Washington, DC. I decided to take the bar in February 2000, but my apartment burned down over Christmas 1999 and my cat died while I was taking the exam. I didn't take a review course and didn't pass. It was the first thing I had ever failed and didn't know how to overcome that feeling of utter disappointment or exorbitant debt. One morning a year later, I was walking into a DC metro station thinking about how to get ready to study again for the bar. Ten minutes later, I was fleeing the Pentagon Metro station -- it was 9/11 and the plane had just hit. Needless to say, I became preoccupied and my plans to retake the bar were waylaid. I have just started a new job as a secretary for an appraisal company and was told today that passing the bar would help a lot with my job aspirations. So today I am getting ready to start thinking about it again.
I have to say that I am terrified. Every time that I have tried to pursue this direction, something catastrophic has happened to keep me from going after it. On top of that, how does someone with a secretarial job afford to even try to take the bar review course when already paying for loans? And I've been out of school for over 10 years with never having had a chance to clerk. I have so many doubts. Often, they are overwhelming.
But I came on here, found this site, and I have hope, real hope, for the first time in a very long time. It's awesome to realize other people in my situation really are out there. It makes me feel like just maybe I can do it too. Maybe it's time. And maybe nothing catastrophic will happen this time. Hopefully.