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Going through the (post-bar exam) motions (access required)

For those of you who took the Maryland bar exam this past Tuesday and Wednesday, today is a bittersweet day. Here are some of the emotions you may encounter over the next couple of months. Some may feel a huge weight has been lifted from their shoulders. For those, a night (or nights) of celebration will follow. For others, today’s dawn may or may not have been a welcomed escape from the constant nightmares of incorrect answers and spotty issue finding:  "Did I notice the easement in the property question? Did I mention 'best interest of the child' sufficiently? I should’ve underlined all my key points!" (NOTE: These were my thoughts when I took the bar exam. In no way are they a reflection of the issues tested during this year's exam.) You'll hardly sleep, and if you do sleep, you may be haunted by dreams of improperly filled bubble sheets and unanswered questions. For weeks this vicious cycle will continue until one day it stops. I don't know the cause for the lull, but for a moment, all will seem well. Perhaps it's a defense mechanism crafted by our subconscious to prevent a mental breakdown. Consider this your "eye of the storm" moment. Eventually, nightmares will begin to flare once again, obliterating any sense of normalcy and tranquility.