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Professional Development

I Failed the Bar Exam. Now What?

Presented by Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard, Siyi Shen, & Samorn Selim
Exhausted from studying.

Exhausted from studying.

NOTE: This is not for CLE. Part of the free Career Development Series, a monthly webinar series featuring practical tips from legal career experts. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.


Did you or someone you know fail the bar exam?  The bar passage rate hit record lows this year. Yet almost 100% of people who fail feel ashamed or too anxious to talk about it.  They suffer in silence and alone. 

During this webinar, attorneys who have failed the bar will share how recovered from the disappointment, and learned new study habits to successfully pass the bar exam, including Siyi Shen (Global Environmental Law Fellow of Pace Law School) and Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard (Assistant General Counsel of Tampa Bay Buccaneers).  

Samorn Selim (Creative Joy Director of Career Unicorns) will share key strategies that have helped hundreds of her clients pass the bar exam on the second or third try, and how to effectively navigate career options.  

Topics discussed will include:

  • Should I take the bar exam again?
  • If I decide to take the bar exam, what should I do differently?
  • If I decide not to take the bar exam, what career options are available?
  • How do I explain this to my family?
  • How do I explain this to potential employers?


Siyi Shen,  Global Environmental Law Fellow, Pace Law School
Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard, Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Samorn Selim, Creative Joy Director, Career Unicorns


Emily Roschek, Director, ABA Career Center and Senior Lawyers Division

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