On Tuesday, I shared lunch with about fifty of our graduates taking the California Bar Exam in Century City. Yesterday, I shared lunch with about forty graduates in Ontario (testing location pictured above). Today, on the final day of the bar exam, I will travel to Pasadena where our largest contingent is sitting for the exam — around sixty graduates.
We are the only law school in California that provides lunches for its graduates at all three Los Angeles locations on all three days, and we have been doing so since 2008. Our friends at Southwestern now travel to one of the locations each day to provide lunches to their graduates, and it is fun to connect with them at the testing sites. It is hard to find lunch when thousands of test-takers are released simultaneously, and our “bar lunches” provide a great service.
Dean Tacha is the busiest person I know, but she insisted on traveling to all three locations this year — Pasadena on Tuesday, Ontario on Wednesday, and Century City today. She is wearing her special Pepperdine blue and orange outfit each day!
I work specifically with most of our bar applicants, and I have been impressed with their attitudes this week. This is simply a grueling exam at the end of a grueling summer, and I maintain that the psychological strain is the biggest hurdle to overcome for success. I am impressed with our graduates’ state of mind, and I maintain high hopes for positive outcomes once the results are announced in mid-November.
One final day of testing is about to begin. A glorious freedom awaits at the end of the day!!!
Assistant Dean for Student Life