How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

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How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby ap1987 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:16 pm

How many classes did you take 1st semester 2L?

I don't have a job for 2L yet, just wondering whether it's advisable to keep my schedule open like taking 4 classes (in case I do become employed)?

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby target » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:26 pm

Are you a part time student? Aren't you supposed to take at least 12 units or something like that?

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby ap1987 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:40 pm

Full time.

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby I.P. Daly » Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:53 pm

It depends...

How time consuming and tiring is the job?
How challenging will your schedule be (take home exams, paper classes, etc.)?
Will you be doing any extracurricular activities?
How are you going to makeup the credits you need to graduate (summer classes, etc.)?

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby TTH » Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:34 pm

I.P. Daly wrote:It depends...

How time consuming and tiring is the job?
How challenging will your schedule be (take home exams, paper classes, etc.)?
Will you be doing any extracurricular activities?
How are you going to makeup the credits you need to graduate (summer classes, etc.)?


If you are going to load lighten, I think that fall semester of 2L is the semester to do it. Daly's questions are all relevant, and I'd expand on them a little.

Being realistic with yourself, do you expect to score a lot of interviews during OCI?

Being realistic with yourself, do you expect to land on a journal? If so, what will be your responsibilities your second-year?


At my school, OCI starts roughly the week before classes start and the process (depending on how many callbacks you get) can last most of the semester. Also, our law review had three rounds of editing fall semester and each 2L editor is responsible for around 80-100 footnotes per round of editing. We also have a mandatory appellate advocacy class 2L Fall that culminates in writing a 30-page appellate brief.

For all of these reasons, a lot of people who made law review chose to load lighten fall semester. Many didn't and were still able to manage everything. Depending how much you choose to load lighten, it shouldn't be too much of a strain to catch it up.

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby kalvano » Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:21 pm

I took 4 classes (12 hours) and it was glorious.

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby Pretzel_Logic » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:57 pm

I took 16 hours, four bar classes, tried out for moot court, and had to research/outline my note/learn how to do the whole law journal thing. It sucked and my GPA reflected it (and I can't even imagine interviewing on top of all that, I'm in a government spot). The advantage of this is that second semester of 3L can be 3LOL, but the downside is that my GPA got murdered. Just recognize that extracurriculars go CRAZY during 2L fall.

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby Br3v » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:15 pm

Is it common (>50%) to work 2L or 3L fall/spring?

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:31 pm

Br3v wrote:Is it common (>50%) to work 2L or 3L fall/spring?


Not where I go to school (some do, but probably a small number), but there are plenty of people doing internships during the semester, RA work for professors, TA'ing for professors, journal work, moot court, mock trial, clinics, etc. You don't have to do any of those things, but I think most people do at least one of those things and usually multiple things.

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby Geist13 » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:11 pm

I took the bare minimum (12 credits) both semesters of 2L. I did it because of law review. This was 3 regular, exam-graded classes each semester (no seminars clinics etc). I know some people on LR who had 17 credits (the maximum); I don't know what the fuck they were thinking or how the fuck they did it. I was also an RA, but this really only amounted to 100 hours the entire year, probably fewer.

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Re: How many classes to take 1st semester 2L?

Postby ap1987 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:08 am

I registered for 14 credits (5 classes). 4 bars classes (ones of interest to me) and one 2 credit class of specific interest.

I figure I can always drop one if I make a journal.




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