acrossthelake wrote: Stinson wrote:
bob loblaw11 wrote:Kind of jumping on Worm's point a bit, but how feasible is it to work really hard on weekdays while significant others are away and to then cut way back on weekends? Is that a recipe for straight LPs?
Generally speaking, I know everyone is different...
Every LP related story I have heard has to do with test day related stuff - sickness right before test, family tragedy in proximity to test, crazy nervousness/breaking down during test, that kind of stuff - rather than study related stuff. And even many stories like that don't end in LP's. Moreover, the high proportion of all-day takehome exams means that there is a lot less premium on knowing the law cold and remembering every single case and a lot more on being good at writing exams, constructing answers, etc.
The worry should be more whether it's a recipe for straight P's, rather than straight LPs. It's really a know yourself thing. Were you able to focus like that before law school? Then probably. Do you have attention span issues? Probably not.
I agree with this. Know yourself. If you worked x before, you'll probably work x + 5 at law school or something. It isn't some life changer where you go to x + 100 lol. It is so hard to generalize because I have seen the whole spectrum. Some work a lot of hrs, freak out over details and pull all nighters. Others barely do the reading and study a day or two before the final, casually. And of course, everything in between. 1L first semester you will do more than you need to -- at least that is what I tend to see -- and then you'll know how to scale back. For the first 2 weeks I used to BRIEF every case. omg. I mean, I'm sure that works for some people, but wow was that a time suck. I moved onto just highlighting after awhile, and by 2L yr, just reading it only.
Stuff people have already posted are helpful. I imagine making your own outlines would be super useful for exams. I tend to just use ones I find in free outline banks, then study it alongside my class notes (or integrate my class notes into it). I never re-read cases before the exam, though I do at least skim read all the cases once throughout the semester (normal before day of class kind of stuff).
For my 1L yr, I never worked past 7:30 pm, though I did have class + reading M-F for all the hours before then. Finals weren't much different (1Ls get a decent reading period. 3Ls get like 1 weekend if you're unlucky :X). Busiest semester for me was 2L yr when I did a bunch of journal/extracurricular stuff. Class was nothing, but clinic + journal + organization = most work and stress ever for me lol. That happens for a lot of non-1L students, so keep that in mind as well as you go through the years.