First Day of Law School? / First Year?

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First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby lawschoolbound13 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:01 am

I'm wondering what I can expect on my first day of law school? I'll more than likely be attending Indiana Maurer and have always wondered if law school is as horrifying as people make it sound on this site. My guess is that the answer falls somewhere in between. I know my first year will be extremely work intensive but how difficult is it to keep up/ get good grades? For example, how much reading should you do a night to stay on track?
Any feedback much appreciated :)

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby InTheHouse » Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:10 am

Treat it like an 8-5 jobs and make some friends outside of law school and you'll be fine.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby monsterman » Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:12 am

As far as the first day goes, my profs would start cold calling immediately (I think they have fun with it at our expense). But then they acted quite differently the rest of the semester.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby Patent2014 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:34 am

My typical day goes from 8am-9/10pm, but occasionally cut it short for an intramural or bar review. Classes will consume a few hours but then reading/briefing for each class usually takes ~3hrs, so that tacks on another 8hrs/day. I know many law schools give out less reading than mine on average, though. I usually have 25-30 pgs/class, which is 3-5 cases, and have on average 3 classes/day. Then you need to review your brief before class, so that takes a bit as well.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby BigZuck » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:00 am

Law school is pretty chill, you'll have tons of free time punctuated by days (maybe weeks around finals) of busyness.

Most of the scariness/intensity of it is self-imposed or comes from listening to people like one of our friends here in this thread. Just don't believe the hype and you'll be fine.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby JohannDeMann » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:22 am

law school is pretty easy. most of my time was spent on legal writing outside of class. theres really not much to do besides reading the cases which takes about an hour for every class. some people make their own outlines, but i just always used or tailored a previous one. for non legal writing courses, id factor in about 1 hour for every 2 in class. so thats like 10 hours of class a week and 5 hours of prep. legal writing can take up 10-15 on its own though. more on busy times. you can take every fri and sat off in law school no problem.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby twenty » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:49 pm

It's ridiculously easy and laid back IF you're making good choices in attending in the first place. If you're going to Indiana with the expectation of transferring/getting biglaw, you will be stressed and miserable - furthermore, you're playing against really bad odds. You have a 90%~ chance of failure if you consider biglaw your only opportunity for "success."

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby jk148706 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:16 pm

Patent2014 wrote:My typical day goes from 8am-9/10pm, but occasionally cut it short for an intramural or bar review. Classes will consume a few hours but then reading/briefing for each class usually takes ~3hrs, so that tacks on another 8hrs/day. I know many law schools give out less reading than mine on average, though. I usually have 25-30 pgs/class, which is 3-5 cases, and have on average 3 classes/day. Then you need to review your brief before class, so that takes a bit as well.


no

you do not need to do anything close to this much work

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby InTheHouse » Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:04 pm

jk148706 wrote:
Patent2014 wrote:My typical day goes from 8am-9/10pm, but occasionally cut it short for an intramural or bar review. Classes will consume a few hours but then reading/briefing for each class usually takes ~3hrs, so that tacks on another 8hrs/day. I know many law schools give out less reading than mine on average, though. I usually have 25-30 pgs/class, which is 3-5 cases, and have on average 3 classes/day. Then you need to review your brief before class, so that takes a bit as well.


no

you do not need to do anything close to this much work


I dunno. Depends on your background. I'm guessing Patent2014 was a STEM student. First semester of law school can be a little rough for us since we never really had to write exams in UG. Took me a semester to learn how to study for LS.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby BearLaw » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:17 pm

InTheHouse wrote:
jk148706 wrote:
Patent2014 wrote:My typical day goes from 8am-9/10pm, but occasionally cut it short for an intramural or bar review. Classes will consume a few hours but then reading/briefing for each class usually takes ~3hrs, so that tacks on another 8hrs/day. I know many law schools give out less reading than mine on average, though. I usually have 25-30 pgs/class, which is 3-5 cases, and have on average 3 classes/day. Then you need to review your brief before class, so that takes a bit as well.


no

you do not need to do anything close to this much work


I dunno. Depends on your background. I'm guessing Patent2014 was a STEM student. First semester of law school can be a little rough for us since we never really had to write exams in UG. Took me a semester to learn how to study for LS.


Regardless, 14 hour days as a 1L are not sustainable. And 25-30 pages of reading should not take 3 hours.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby cron1834 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:24 pm

jk148706 wrote:
Patent2014 wrote:My typical day goes from 8am-9/10pm, but occasionally cut it short for an intramural or bar review. Classes will consume a few hours but then reading/briefing for each class usually takes ~3hrs, so that tacks on another 8hrs/day. I know many law schools give out less reading than mine on average, though. I usually have 25-30 pgs/class, which is 3-5 cases, and have on average 3 classes/day. Then you need to review your brief before class, so that takes a bit as well.


no

you do not need to do anything close to this much work

Yeah, wtf? Where on earth do you go to school?

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby star fox » Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:22 am

Patent2014 wrote:My typical day goes from 8am-9/10pm, but occasionally cut it short for an intramural or bar review. Classes will consume a few hours but then reading/briefing for each class usually takes ~3hrs, so that tacks on another 8hrs/day. I know many law schools give out less reading than mine on average, though. I usually have 25-30 pgs/class, which is 3-5 cases, and have on average 3 classes/day. Then you need to review your brief before class, so that takes a bit as well.

Are you reading every case 5 times?

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby snow24 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:05 pm

lawschoolbound13 wrote:I'm wondering what I can expect on my first day of law school? I'll more than likely be attending Indiana Maurer and have always wondered if law school is as horrifying as people make it sound on this site. My guess is that the answer falls somewhere in between. I know my first year will be extremely work intensive but how difficult is it to keep up/ get good grades? For example, how much reading should you do a night to stay on track?
Any feedback much appreciated :)


It'll be exciting like any new experience, but the novelty will wear off a few weeks in and it'll be just like any schoolwork.

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Re: First Day of Law School? / First Year?

Postby thebobs1987 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:16 pm

BigZuck wrote:Law school is pretty chill, you'll have tons of free time punctuated by days (maybe weeks around finals) of busyness.

Most of the scariness/intensity of it is self-imposed or comes from listening to people like one of our friends here in this thread. Just don't believe the hype and you'll be fine.


This


It's ridiculously easy and laid back IF you're making good choices in attending in the first place. If you're going to Indiana with the expectation of transferring/getting biglaw, you will be stressed and miserable - furthermore, you're playing against really bad odds. You have a 90%~ chance of failure if you consider biglaw your only opportunity for "success."


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