los blancos wrote:Charles Barkley wrote:I feel like I'm going to fail because everyone else is studying 10-12 hours a day. I'm barely putting in half of that. I feel like I worked hard throughout the semester. Kept up with my outlines, studied them throughout, retyped them from memory. My first exam is Tuesday. I've taken all 5 practice exams and discussed them with my group. I feel like I did pretty well.
Should I be this laid back about things?
Clueless 1L says the answer is YES.
Like I mentioned in another thread, I don't think Law School weeds out those who don't spend all day studying. I think it weeds out the people that got there through overachieving. I still think that as long as you put in the work you need to put in and you understand the material, your grades are largely a function of intrinsic ability and chance.
/Clueless 1L speculation
Obviously everything I say has the 1L disclaimer, but I certainly feel like taking practice exams and being proactive about my exam taking ability has put me farther up in the class than I would be if I just let my natural ability take over. My crim midterm was top 1/3rd and the only reason I didn't get an A-/A is because I didn't analogize facts in my analysis (which I had no idea I had to do - at least to the extent she wanted to). I don't think I would be in that position without busting my ass the few days prior hammering out PTs, discussing them, and figuring out what I can do better.