The scene: A little get together. A "party," if you will. Music in the background, not too loud. Drinks in hard.
The characters: An elementary school art teacher, a college sociology professor, and a young lawyer.
Art teacher (to lawyer): So, are you, like, officially an actual lawyer now?
Lawyer (a little confused): Um, yeah. Officially, I guess.
Art teacher: No, I mean, did you pass the bar and everything?
Lawyer: Oh yeah, I did that a few years ago, actually.
Art teacher: Really? A few years ago? When did you graduate from law school?
Lawyer: A few years ago. I took the bar that summer.
Art teacher: Really? And you passed it the first time?
(Around this time, another lawyer wanders into the conversation.)
Lawyer: Yes. I passed and got admitted that year.
Art teacher: But isn't that rare? I mean, it's hard, right? Didn't J.F.K., Jr. fail the bar like... six times or something?
Lawyer: Nah. I mean, it's tough, but depending on where you went to law school, something like 80-90 percent pass on the first try.
Second Lawyer (somewhat jokingly): Hey, don't say that. It's hard. It's really hard. Don't make it sound too easy.
Lawyer: Oh, yeah. Well, I mean, I guess it is hard. Yeah, really hard.
Sociology professor: And, there you have it. The history of professionalism, right there.
And, those of you studying for the bar exam, keep this in mind. A lot of it is just hype. And someday you'll be guilty of creating hype to make it sound like you too accomplished something that was practically impossible.