It's three and a half years since I passed the Bar Exam, but I was finally sworn in today as a member of the New York State Bar. (EDITED TO ADD: Not because of any character and fitness issues.) I waited close to the three-year deadline to file my papers, mostly because I'd convinced myself that filling out the forms and getting all the letters of reference and signed affidavits would be a huge hassle (it actually wasn't), and a little bit because I didn't want to pay more years of fees without having to, and probably a tiny bit because without filing all the paperwork I still wasn't a lawyer and therefore couldn't even entertain the suggestion that I could have a consistent income stream and stability and all that jazz if only I would just take a job at a law firm (although what's been happening with law firm layoffs makes all that pretty crazy now anyway, so it's not like I need an excuse anymore for not getting a law firm job). But it would have been stupid to let my eligibility expire without filling out the silly paperwork and jumping through the small hoops of the 90-second character and fitness interview and the three-hour "introduction to the profession" class. So I did all that, and then got my notice in the mail telling me to go get sworn in last month, but I was still in California, so I called them and moved my date to April... and I did it this morning, at the Supreme Court, State of New York Appellate Division in Brooklyn, along with a hundred other folks in suits.