Skyhook wrote: JazzOne wrote: homestyle28 wrote:
JazzOne wrote:I just wanted to address two issues that came up in this thread.
First, my school does adjust COA if you have childcare expenses, but you have to go in and talk to a counselor personally. I had to bring a copy of my childsupport order. The FAFSA asks about childcare expenses, but my school doesn't factor them in unless you request it with documentation. I got the impression that financial aid has a lot of leeway to play with the numbers, but there may be different policies at different schools.
Second, it is a huge benefit to have been a teacher prior to law school. I've watched hundreds of kids screw up in my classes over the years, so I knew exactly what not to do in law school.
Thanks for the info. I taught at the college level (I'm not sure how teaching slacker UGs translates to LS), what I can't imagine in law school is skipping class.
I never skip class. I've had to miss a few for interviews, but I always feel bad about it. You'll be surprised how many people in law school just don't get how important it is. When I see my classmates with no job and not a care in the world, I wonder how they can get through life with so little effort.
Read the assignments, go to class, outline early, and take a bunch of practice tests. That's the recipe for success.
How do you find the workload? I've heard numerous mentions that if you treat it like a 9-5 job you can get pretty much everything done you need to.
I found the workload to be reasonable, especially if you've worked more than 40 hours/week in the past. Basically, everything is super easy for a few months. Then the writing assignments start coming due, and the work picks up to a regular pace. Then, it gets crazy right before finals. There are perhaps 3 weeks of intense studying just before and during finals, but everything else is pretty much cake. For my first semester of LS, I worked very hard, and my grades were at the very top of my class. Second semester, I worked much less, and that was reflected in my grades. So, your workload will be largely determined by your goals and your ability to motivate yourself. The material is pretty boring, and it gets worse second year.
The busiest semester so far was fall of 2L. OCI + callbacks + 2L classes + your whole life on the line = misery