Hello! Just in case you did not see my profile on the Ambassador’s page, my name is Ashley Ray. I am in my final semester of law school and couldn’t be more excited to graduate! The spring semesters typically seem to move quicker than the fall semesters, but this particular semester is flying by! Spring Break is nearly here, finals will be quickly approaching, and graduation is right around the corner. Graduation couldn’t come any sooner. My classmates and I are elated to walk across the stage in front of our peers, family, friends, and mentors. Most importantly, we are excited to begin the next chapter of our lives.
I recently submitted my bar application and have elected to sit for the Washington State Bar exam. Though necessary, completing a bar application can be a tedious task. In order to maneuver through the process as swiftly as possible, I have several suggestions and a few words of advice. First, make sure you keep all documentations regarding your residency, employment, and traffic violations. In the midst of filling out my bar application I had to dig through emails from years ago to find addresses during my time at my undergraduate institution. Secondly, make sure you find a way to finance your bar review course and bar application fees. I am not sure if all law students know exactly how costly it becomes to prepare to sit for a state bar exam. There are application fees, laptop fees, and the actual cost of a bar review course. To help finance these costs, you could apply to bar scholarships or start saving money early. Lastly and essentially, START YOUR BAR APPLICATION early. Make sure you have plenty of time to gather information and complete the application. In some states, you only have a small window to complete and submit your bar application--so the earlier you begin the process the better. Also, keep in mind that there is a substantial late fee if your application is not submitted in a timely manner.
Luckily, the University of Idaho College of Law has amazing faculty and staff who are accessible and more than happy to help students as much as possible. For instance, here, there are no problems finding professors to write character and fitness references for students. Most recently, the law school arranged for a fingerprinting service in the lobby of the law school for bar applicants. This was a great service to law students because it saved bar applicants the time and resources of driving across town for this particular service. In addition to the fingerprinting, a notary public was present to sign bar application documents that needed to be notarized. These arrangements are only a few of the many ways that the law school supports their students.