Greetings!!! My name is Lorienne Nseka. I am law school graduate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
I moved to the US from the Congo at a tender age of 3 in order to receive a good education. My parents worked relentlessly in order for our family to immigrate to the states. Since my arrival, I’ve committed myself thus far to furthering my education in hopes of a better life for my family and I.
In 2013, graduated from University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in communications with a minor in Legal Studies. This was a memorable and proud moment for my family— out of 7 children, I’m the first and only person to receive a Bachelor’s Degree.
But my journey didn’t stop there. For the past 3 years, I’ve been working diligently in the pursuit of my dream of one day becoming an attorney. My law school graduation was one of the best days of my life!
As some of you may or may not know, studying for and taking the bar is grueling and also expensive. I took out loans to help me pay for the bar admission test (approximately $800) and Barbri (approximately $3,000), a program that helps students pass the exam by providing instruction, study guides, and practice questions.
Unfortunately when the results came out in October, I found out that I was 3 points shy of passing the bar. The Colorado bar requires a 276 score for passing; I got a 273. This means that while I passed in over 20 states, I still failed in Colorado.
When I found out I didn’t pass the bar, my heart was shattered. I was so close! I have worked so hard towards my dream, and my finish line is near. All I can do is keep my head up and try again! I’m determined to pass this time.
Like many of my peers, I’ve depended on loans, grants, scholarships, and family to get through undergraduate and law school. However, upon completion of law school, I’m no longer eligible for grants, scholarships, or accessible student loans. This time, I need help from friends and family to pay for exam fees and preparation courses.
Luckily, barbri, the course that I used to study for the bar, will be free to me this time. I only have to pay the cost of shipping text books and a deposit of $250, and it will cost me $710 to resubmit a bar application. There’s also a program called adaptibar that was highly recommended by a friend that I really believe will help me the second time around. Adaptibar provides its users with almost 2000 multiple-choice questions. Doing at least 2000 multiple-choice questions increases your chances of passing the exam. I know I can do it.
If I cannot sit for this bar, I’ll have to wait until July 2018 and we all know that “justice cannot wait.” I’ve given this a lot of thought as I was reluctant to ask anyone for money, but it seems at this point the best option. I’m currently working; however, I must save any amount of money I make after to pay rent when I am no longer working in January and February while studying for the approaching exam. I’m not asking for money for living expenses, just funds for the exam itself and preparations for the exam. Every single penny is appreciated. Prayers and good vibrations are also welcome.
Thank you in advance to anyone who helps or shares this post! And you can be assured that once I’m a practicing attorney, I’ll be in the position to lend a helping hand to another struggling student.