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Bar Prep Class & Test Fees

$475 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 9 people in 28 months
Stella Dean  CLEARFIELD, UT
At the age of 42 I took a giant leap of faith and applied to law school. I wanted to achieve my lifelong dream of being a lawyer. I knew I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 9 years old, when I was thrust into the legal system because I was kidnapped.  After that experience, I knew that when I grew up, I wanted to be the voice for others who could not speak for themselves.

I graduated from Law School on April 26th, 2014, and as excited and proud as I am, I am also haunted by the idea that I will not pass the bar exam - rendering the past three years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans - a total waste of time because I cannot afford the cost of a Bar preparation class. Studies show that people who do not take a preparation class have a lower pass rate. The cost of the Bar preparation class and fees is approximately $3,500.

I took the July Bar in Arizona - but I did so without the benefit of a preparation class. I won't know how I did until October. In the meantime, I am preparing to retake the Bar in February, 2015

For those who do not know anyone who has ever taken the bar exam, it is a two day test that one must pass in order to become a licensed attorney. The cost of my Bar preparation class is approximatly $2,650. The lectures are between 3 and 4 hours each, five to six days per week, and expected outside of class study time (taking practice questions/tests, outlining, memorizing) to be 8 to 10 hours per day. We are told to treat bar study as if it were our full time job. Many people do not work while studying for the Bar, but I do not have that option.

Asking for help is not something I do proudly. It is not something I am used to. It takes humility and courage, but I am, quite literally, prepared to beg.

I do not have family that can help me with these costs.  I have tried everything I can get the funds.  I applied for private loans (they offer these loans specifically for bar sitters, like me) and while I had a full time job at the time - and the ability to repay the loan - my student loans, house payment, bills, etc. have rendered me over-extended credit-wise.

Unfortunately for me, I was terminated from my job after nine and a half years, further hindering my ability to take care of my family and pay my own way.  I have now gained employment at substantially less per year than I was making.  I went two months without income and so now, on top of everything else, I'm trying to catch up on bills and save for Bar prep.

I have wanted to be a lawyer since I was very young so that I could help people who didn't have the voice to help themselves. I have put myself through undergrad and law school, all while working full time and raising a family. Law school took a huge toll on my marriage and my family and we survived it together. To get this close to my dream is so very special to me. I want to make my kids proud. I want to be proud of myself. Please help me in any way you can. I appreciate YOU more than you will ever know or realize.

Thank YOU for taking the time to read my plea and sharing it with others if you see fit.

Margie
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Update 10
26 months ago

Raising money for the February Bar and prep class. I didn't get to complete the last class because I couldn't pay for it so I'm trying again. Class starts in December so I'm starting early.
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Update 9
27 months ago

And I got a job! But, I don't get paid until August 5th.
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Update 8
28 months ago

Putting it out there again. Thanks again for everyone who has donated and who has shared and asked their friends to do the same. I appreciate you all! xoxo
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Update 7
28 months ago

Me again. Asking for your help. A dollar or a share helps. Thanks everyone.
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$475 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 9 people in 28 months
Created May 15, 2014
$25
Anonymous
27 months ago
LR
$25
Liise Russell
28 months ago

Kick butt Miss Thang!

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$100
Ryan Christensen
28 months ago
$25
Anonymous
28 months ago
$50
Anonymous
28 months ago
$50
Stef Ploof
28 months ago

Congratulations from us all! =^..^=

$50
Anonymous
28 months ago
$100
Karen Thompson
28 months ago

I hope you kick ass and make that exam your bitch.

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Anonymous
28 months ago
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