*****PLEASE READ THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS THOROUGHLY BEFORE APPLYING*****



      Rebar is a holistic program designed to help JD’s retaking the bar exam and to support them in the process of preparing for the bar exam. This program can be time-intensive and calls for a 3-month commitment from participants. ReBar includes: 1) an online black letter Kaplan bar prep course, tailored for those repeating the exam; 2) virtual online classes with the ReBar cohort to develop testing skills and address known challenges; 3) support and counseling from the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) and participation in a virtual 6-session ReBar Support Group; and 4) a stipend to alleviate financial pressures that might hinder the applicant’s ability to prepare for the bar. 

      The program is open to law school graduates, not currently licensed in any jurisdiction or any country, who have taken a bar exam at least once without passing, and who can contribute to the OSB’s historically and/or currently underrepresented membership, or otherwise advance the Diversity & Inclusion Department’s mission, and who are planning on taking the Oregon July 2021 Bar Exam.
     Cohorts will be formed in preparation for the July Bar Exam in Oregon. Applications are currently available for individuals planning to take the July 2021 exam. The application deadline is Sunday May 9, 2021

     Accepted applicants will be notified by Friday May 21, 2021. Classes will begin in May and will continue up until the July Bar Exam.

     The selected ReBar cohort will be required to meet virtually via a video streaming platform for the duration of the ReBar Program to work on bar exam skills. They will also be expected to participate in a biweekly confidential support group facilitated by an Attorney Counselor of the OAAP.

     The ReBar Support Group is a resource for Rebar participants. As with the instructional portion of ReBar, the OAAP support group will also meet virtually.  The group is designed to bring cohort members together to share in their experiences and receive support, learn healthy coping strategies, as well as enhance their resilience during bar preparation. More importantly, the support group is an opportunity for cohort members to build relationships and to experience a sense of community. Among the benefits of participating in a support group include feeling less isolated, reducing distress, improving skills to overcome challenges or gaining a sense of control or hope.

     Following the online class portion of the program, ReBar participants will be expected to continue their individual preparation and study until the time of the exam. To maximize success in this program, it is important for ReBar participants to plan on taking time off of work to the extent personal/family/health/work obligations permits. A Stipend will be provided to the selected cohort, the amount will not exceed $5,000 (including the $750 bar exam application fee). The disbursements will be made in 3 equal payments the first week of June, July and final payment in August (after the bar exam).
 

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* 1. First Name

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* 2. Last Name

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* 3. Address

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* 4. Phone Number

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* 5. Email Address

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* 6. Law School

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* 7. Graduation Date

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* 8. Race/Ethnicity (check all that apply)

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* 9. Do you have a disability (physical disability, psychological disability, or learning difference) that substantially limits one or more major life activities:

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* 10. Sexual Orientation

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* 11. Gender Identity (check all that apply)

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* 12. What are your pronouns?

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* 13. Are you the first person in your family to attend college?

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* 14. Are you the first person in your family to attend law school? 

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* 15. Is English your second (or additional) language ?

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* 16. Have you served or are you now serving in the United States military?

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* 17. List each jurisdiction where you have taken the bar exam, including dates:

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* 18. Past Scores (If taken multiple times, include each score in order received.) If your score is unavailable, please indicate accordingly. 

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* 19. Do you have parenting/caregiving responsibilities within your family?  If so , what arrangements will you make/have you made to assist you with your obligations, if any?"

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* 20. What previous bar prep courses or preparation strategies did you use? (If taken multiple times, specify what preparation you undertook each time.) How much of that program (%) did you complete?

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* 21. What, if any, other obligations were you balancing (ie: work, family, etc.) when preparing for the bar previously?  What do those responsibilities look like now?

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* 22. Current job and employer and how many hours/week:

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* 23. What arrangements, if any, have you made with your current employer regarding your bar preparation needs?

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* 24. To what extent would your employment allow you to take time off or decrease hours in order to prepare for the bar exam?

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* 25. Do you have an attorney position lined up which is contingent upon passing the bar exam?

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* 26. Taking into account your current health, schedule, as well as personal and professional obligations, how will you manage participating in Rebar, including meeting 3 times a week virtually to work on bar exam skills and participating in a biweekly support group?

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* 27. What would you identify as your strengths that have assisted you with not passing the bar the first time?

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* 28. Where did you hear about the Rebar program?

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* 29. I hereby authorize the Oregon State Bar Admissions Department to release my MBE and written portion grades from the most recent bar exam to the Oregon State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Department for Rebar Program purposes only (if applicable).

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