AlanShore wrote:on average, how many hours did you study (reading, taking notes, anything) during the week and weekend? (same question for after legal writing ended)
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Reading assingments for classes generally ranged from 40-60 pages/week. I'd read contracts Friday afternoon-evening; crim law and some torts on Saturday; the rest of torts and civ pro on Sunday (the civ pro prof did not have a syllabus and only gave the assignment for the next day's session so I'd only have to read about 20 pages for that). I would read the pertinent section of Emmanuel's before doing the casebook reading to give myself context and then read the Emmanuel's after reading the casebook as well to cement what I had read. The length of time depended on the amount of pages assigned but 10-15 pages/hour was usually my pace during 1L. I'd spend about 2-3 hours on legal writing a night during the week. It's the type of class where the more time you spend on it the better your product will be. It's also a class where you need to devote chunks of time rather than working on it an hour here and an hour there. Once legal writing was over I'd use the 2-3 hours per night during the week to do practice m/c questions for the book classes.
With regard to reading class notes I didn't start doing that until about a week before Thanksgiving break and then really focused on doing that during break (we had the full week off so those 9 days are really valuable with regard to preparing for finals). Once finals period rolled around I studied exclusively off of the notes from class.
One of the benefits of making Law Review at my school is that you have access to an on-line outline bank that members post each year that is course and professor specific. I used these outlines to supplement the notes from class when preparing for exams. The outlines were also good to look at before class because it showed what the professor thought was important for that particular class session.