Michael Hedlund graduated from Willamette Law School and took the Oregon bar exam in 1997. He failed. He tried again the next year and failed again. He lost his job at the district attorney's office as a result.He got a job as a juvenile counselor in Klamath Falls, Ore., and prepared to take the test a third time. Mr. Hedlund locked his keys in his car while stopping to get coffee on the way to the exam and missed it. His goal of becoming a lawyer seemed to vanish. His loans did not. . .

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