just a girl wrote:I'd also recommend seeking out something besides law school related things to do, apart from other law students. I really like the people in my classes, and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better, but I can already tell that a section of 22 students is going to get stifling, fast, unless I spend some regular time outside of this environment. Michigan recommends volunteer work in the local community, and I think that's what I'm going to do.
I don't find this true at all. I hang out with law students about 99% of the time (and this is true of A LOT of people), and I don't find them "stifling." It helps to have friends in different sections that you don't have all your classes with. (Don't take this personal because it's not meant to be) But I find it you tend to complain about how much you are tired of law students and you want to get away from them here at Michigan, it says a lot more about you than them. The type of people at Michigan who complain about this are likely to be miserable in any environment.
itzjulz wrote:These are the things I like to hear. The majority of the law school workload paranoia that I hear about all comes from 0L's. Most of the current students that I've met all seem to have some semblance of a life outside of law school work. Sure, I'm nervous about the workload, because I was an arts major and never really had to do a TON of studying in any particular semester, but I couldn't fathom staying SANE unless I had some sort of free time during the week - whether that's getting sucked into some lame reality TV show, going to saturday football games, playing an IM sport, or whatever.
Yes there is a good amount of reading per night. Yes there will be times when Legal Practice will get hectic and make you hate your life. But if you find yourself studying so much that you don't have free time to do the stuff that you want to do, then you might be studying too much. The material is really not that difficult to grasp. IMO, succeeding in law school is about being able to write a good exam not memorizing the material on a nightly basis. The only time that you really need to ramp it up is during finals. Any other time, you can easily get done with your work putting in 8 or less hours a day and that is including class time.