This is a picture I found on a stock photo site by searching "stressed woman." It represents the tens of thousands of lawyers-to-be who tried to upload their first day of bar exam essays using the state-required software program Examsoft and became unwilling participants in nationwide helter skelter when the servers went down for hours immediately before and then well after the upload deadline. To really appreciate the depth of this panic, keep in mind that there was still a second day of bar testing starting early the next morning.
Insult to injury is the fact that states charge test-takes hundreds of dollars extra to take the test on a computer using Examsoft. Now technically, as far as I know, every state allows test-takes to hand write their bar exam. Nobody does this.
Actually, this is not an accurate statement. I hand-wrote the bar exam. But practically nobody else did. I took the bar in a mostly empty room with about 15 other people, adrift in a modest lake of blue books and scantrons, while about 700 trillion others took the test on their laptops in a concert hall next door that LCD Soundsystem sold out on their last tour. This is literally true. It is a big place. They fit the roller derby in there, both the full rink and the stands. Now imagine that cavern filled with Type A personalities, each taking the test of their professional lives, multiply that cavern by 50, and then tell them at 11pm that due to technical errors beyond their control they might collectively fail the test, but they should chill out because there's still another half of the test to take tomorrow that they should do just in case things work out.
Examsoft, as far as I know, has a monopoly on law school testing. Why? I encourage competitors to come up with something that functions on the handful of days a year that it gets used.
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