Hey rexfesler - thanks for offering to lend us newbie 0Ls some knowledge. I have a few questions...
-Law school workload gets a lot of hype... Realistically, how many hours a week do you (should you) spend on homework?
-In order to be in the top 15% of the class, GPA has to be around _._?
-How are the law journals at Wake? Is it very difficult to get published?
-What is a typical Wake law class like? This probably sounds like a stupid question, but... is it mostly lectures, or more deliberative? Mostly study and application of theory, or simulation of situations a lawyer should expect to encounter?
I can try to answer these.
Workload: During 1L year, I got to school about 7:30 and left between 3 and 5, depending on the day. I tried to do work during most of that time, but I did take breaks. I'd read for class, work on Legal Writing stuff, and starting about mid/late October outline. During the week, I tried to not have to take anything home except for Legal Writing stuff when a brief/memo was close to being due. On weekends, I'd bring home whatever I needed to work on for Monday's classes.
Rank: Top 20% is usually about an 89. I'm not sure about 15%.
Journals: I was on Law Review. I was a staff member my 2L year and an Executive Editor my 3L year. I really enjoyed it for the most part, but there are definitely things that can suck and take up a lot of time. But I wouldn't change it.
Only about 5-6 students get published by our Law Review each year, and those are all members of the Law Review. (I can't speak to the other two journals.) I've not heard of a non-member being published, but I'm sure it is possible. As for members, each staff member has to write a piece their 2L year and any non-Board members have to write a piece their 3L year. The 5-6 published pieces are out of about 40-45 total student pieces.
Classes: Your 1L classes will mostly be the socratic method where the professors ask students about the cases and hypos. In the 2L/3L years, many classes are still socratic, but not as bad and more are lecture or volunteer based. Classes are more study and application of theory. Very few classes offer real-world simulation experiences, and those that do are generally classes you'd take your 2L/3L years. But I think this is the case at most law schools.