Learn to quit reading?

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OnWisconsin
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Learn to quit reading?

Postby OnWisconsin » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:57 am

I apologize for the stupid title but I hoped to draw people in.

I’ve heard from several people currently in and recently out of law school that one of the worst habits you can have in law school is pleasure reading. The reasoning is that you will do so much reading for law school that you will only exhaust your ability to concentrate with pleasure reading. As one friend said, in a sense pleasure reading in law school is a masturbatory activity

Any thoughts on if this is truly the case?

If so I’d like to know now because this is going to be a process akin to quitting smoking for me.

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kalvano
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Re: Learn to quit reading?

Postby kalvano » Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:49 pm

I think it's a load of shit.

There is a big difference between the way your brain actively reads, meaning for classes and such, and passively reads, such as for pleasure.

I can see getting burned out on reading in general now and then, but exhausting your mental capacity?

Total crap.

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vanwinkle
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Re: Learn to quit reading?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:00 pm

I get burned out on reading in law school. However, usually I see this advocated as "Read all the stuff you want to before law school, because you'll probably be burned out from all the reading in it."

It's just an eyeballs-on-paper thing. If you can do 100 pages a day of it (and sometimes it will be that much while in law school) and still want to read more, then you'll probably still want to keep reading for pleasure. If not, then you won't. HTH.




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