LawsRUs wrote:Wow!: Thanks so much for the info, and congrats on your SA-NYC line up!! XD
How many hours a day would you guys say you study 1L/2L/3L? Did you have time to sleep in your 1L? Was 1L miserable?
How often you study is really up to you. 1L is the time that really matters and will be the time you are the most stressed and do the most (school) work. You don't really "study" for the first few months of each semester, so how much time really depends on how uch time you decided to devote to reading the cases. I generally read ~45-60 minutes per hour of doctrinal class time (that varies by professor). That means about 8-12 hours per week of reading. Plus a few hours extra of work around the time memos/briefs were due.
Finals time is really stressful. Once you hit November people will start going out less and less often, and again it's totally up to you when you decide to buckle down and focus just on exams. The amount of time people spend studying for exams varies widely. Some people seemingly spend every waking moment in the weeks leading up to exams studying. Some a lot less. I couldn't give a reasoned guess what the average is. I can't tell you how much you will spend, but I assure you that if you don't have time to sleep, you're doing it wrong. 1L is kind of miserable in some ways, but I didn't think it was that bad. Honestly I'm not sure whether it's that much more stressful than the post-OCI job search (if you're not fortunate enough to land a job during OCI).
2L/3L don't matter as much. People generally don't study as much (especially 3L), but you can feel free to knock yourself out. If you don't get a job right away during 2L, you will probably be devoting a lot of time to that. Plus journals can take some time.