jdny09 wrote:the fledgling wrote:To echo silenziatori and OS (because I forgot earlier), congrats on the clerkship and good luck on the bar!
I would also be interested in a pm with the professors you recommend, and would it be alright if I pm'd you about your clinic experience?
For the thread: I'm also interested in hearing any advice you have on balancing law school and life. I know, this is a broad question, but you've done very well for yourself and seem happy with your law school experience, so your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again
Sure, feel free to PM me with any questions. As for work life balance, I found it suprisingly easy. 1L year is a lot of work, but it's manageable. You have plenty of time to piece it all together at the end of the semester, so I didn't find a need to go full steam all the time. Things get stressful when the short and long memos are due in fall, and when your brief is due in spring, but other than that you really do have a lot of free time, especially as you begin to get used to reading cases. I mean, the usual reading assignment is 15-30 pages. If you have 2 classes to read for, you're looking at no more than 3-4 hours max of work after you get the hang of things. And some days you'll only have 1 class. So, I found there to be plenty of time to work hard, keep a life outside of school, and also do some pulic interest org activities.
On the whole, I was able to have a lot of free time thursday-sunday, with plenty of time do things, visit friends in other cities, etc. It's really not as bad as people make it out to be, It's just important to do what you feel you need to do to keep up, and to not focus on what everyone else is doing. It's a marathon and not a sprint. You have good days, and days where you can't focus -- you just have to get a feel for when you should stick with it and when your time is better spent going to dinner with friends or seeing a movie. There were a few people in my section who, I swear, sat in the library all day and must have literally retyped half their casebook into a word doc. If you are putting page-long block quotes from Marbury v. Madison into your 225+ page con law outline, you probably need to reevaluate your study routine.
This post made my day, or maybe even my next month before fordham begins!
ive been exaggerating the workload in my mind i guess
thanks a lot!!!