Just a question about commuting from outside of D.C.
I'm considering living outside of the city and commuting as that may save some $. Do you think there are students that commute by car (and get parking spots at the school? I understand its about ~850/semester.) My bigger question would be how to divide up the hours when you commute from the surrounding areas to the school. For example, would you still normally come to the school during the weekends to use the library? I did not commute in undergrad and it's just difficult for me to imagine the new lifestyle... Thanks in advance for all your help!
Well, I live REALLY far away (about 19 miles outside of the city) so I have to drive, or catch a ride from my dad, who works in Arlington, or from my husband, who works near the Pentagon. I usually just pay the $12 to park in the garage across from the law school on the days that I drive myself in, which works out to about twice per week. MOST people just live near a metro stop, and commute in that way, which is probably less hassle.
I never came in during the weekends to use the library -- there's really no reason to, unless you're in the middle of researching some paper. You can access heinonline and other resources online through the library website, so I can't imagine that you'd need to come into the library, unless you just liked studying there. I usually just locked myself in the office at my house, or, more commonly, took the weekends off to hang out with my husband/kids.
During the weeks, I'd usually arrive at school early, a few hours before my earliest class, and refresh my memory of the cases. In the afternoons, I'd sit for a few hours in the library and read the relevant sections of the supplements. (I always took outline-quality notes of my reading, which I would then expand on during class with points made by the professor). Two days per week I'd stay late -- until 10 or so, to read for the week, outline, read supplements, whatever I wanted. This strategy allowed me to take the weekends mostly off, at least until exam time.