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Law students in California started accessing their bar exam results online recently, but those still waiting to find out might consider another reason not to fret over failing — other than the life lessons gleaned from the movie “My Cousin Vinny,” in which Joe Pesci fails the bar five times before passing and still manages to win a murder trial. A company that develops bar exam study tools, BeatTheBar.com, is looking for the most unsuccessful bar exam entrant in the United States as measured by the number of times he or she failed the exam. “We want the story,” says Darren Shuster, the publicist running the contest. “The person who didn’t give up for 30 years should get the prize, rather than the one who took it nine times in the same year.” In California, at least, no one’s quite that big a loser — you can only take the exam twice a year. But chances are, the winning loser will be from the Golden State. BeatTheBar.com founder Michael Lowthorp says California and New York have the lowest pass rates, especially for repeat takers. “In California, if you get a 145 or better on the multistate, you have less than a 10 percent chance of passing,” Lowthorp says. At stake are bragging rights — so to speak — and a free copy of the company’s products. The subject hits close to home for Shuster. He started the company with his wife, Kathy Lowthorp, a criminal defense attorney in Texas, after she initially didn’t pass the test. To enter the contest, students should submit their history of failures to [email protected], as soon as possible. The contest’s sponsors remain unspecific about the closing date for the contest, saying they’ll announce “winners” within a week or two on their Web site.

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