let/them/eat/cake wrote:THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE: there's obviously nothing inaccurate about this post. i only responded earlier because I think, especially 1L year, there's too much emphasis placed on how much you're working, how you've been to (ZOMG!) every single class, how you're reading hornbook sections in advance. One disadvantage to this type of emphasis is burnout. I know very smart people at several top schools who worked themselves to the hilt all semester, 8AM to 10AM 6 days a week, and then completely hit the wall and had a terrible showing on their finals. In any case, the work hard = do well herd mindset is what lulls people into an unthinking grind that often rewards them only with straight median grades. And so I think constantly reinforcing that mindset is to a certain extent doing 1Ls a disservice. Everyone needs to figure it out for themselves.
GLIB RESPONSE: Going to an 8:45 Conlaw when you can read Chemerinsky on your own instead is just a laughable use of your time.
This is all correct. Law school isn't built on a linear graph of hours worked corresponding to grades. You need to keep yourself sane. Best advice I can give is find what works for you and stick with it. Don't let other people influence your study habits. If you find that you understand a night's reading sufficiently well in an hour (or 45 minutes, or an hour and a half) then don't just read it longer because you feel like you're supposed to. Very little in law school is all that difficult, it's just a matter of dealing with it all at the same time.
You should try to go to class but if you miss some it's not a big deal. I found Con Law to be really interesting in my small section with Shiffrin so we had some pretty fun discussions.