I'm not sure if you're a 1L, but I will assume you are:
What does your daily schedule look like (i.e. how many hours of class, how many hours of studying)?
How much does this change during the "points of absolute hell?"
If you could change on thing about HLS, what would it be?
Thanks for answering ?s
I am a 1L, to clear that up for further questions.
So, my first semester schedule was like this:
Monday -- Torts, Property (1-4:40)
Tuesday -- Same.
Wednesday -- Contracts 8:20-9:40, Civil Procedure 1:20-2:40, Property 3:20-4:40
Thursday -- Contracts (same time), Civ Pro (same time), LRW 3:15-5:15 (This class meets only 1/2 the time first semester, and about 4-5 times second semester)
Friday -- Contracts (same time), Civ Pro (same time).
That's 18 credit hours of classes. Then, early in the semester I usually worked from 9-1 on Monday and Tuesday trying to get a head for a bit for the week, and Wednesday/Thursday/Friday I worked mostly in the evenings, and a bit between classes. During off-times I usually put in about 4 hours outside of class per day. The real strain on your schedule, though, will be all of the other random events and meetings that 1L's have to/should attend throughout the semester in the evenings. The hour or 2, three nights a week, really eat up your time fast. In the beginning of the semester, I didn't work much on the weekends unless I had memo work to do. This was the biggest change when I started ramping up to finals, because starting Nov. 1 Saturdays and Sundays became great days to do tons and tons of work outside of the minimally required stuff to keep up to date for class. Plus, practice exams on some weekdays took some time as well.
If there were 1 thing I could change about HLS, it would probably be to increase the amount of cross-section interaction during 1L. Having a section is great, and I love my section, but there are 480 other people at HLS, most of which I'm sure are also pretty interesting. I've been able to meet some of them, but I would appreciate meeting more.
If there's one thing that I would change about my own 1L, it would be that I never made it to bar review once during first semester. I kind of hate myself for that, and think that it might mean that I'm a gunner.