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triathlete0128
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1L Daily Life

Postby triathlete0128 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:19 am

I'm just curious to know how seasoned law students (2Ls+) break up their day.

What are the hours you're putting in for studying? getting to the gym?
What time do you start and end your day?

Does your schedule allow for an enjoyable weekend? or do you devote it entirely to school work/outlining?

Any time maintenance advice would be great.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby bex » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:22 am

It's really different for everyone. I would say that if some routine has worked for you in the past, stick to it.

I would usually get to the library and get some studying in before classes for a couple of hours. Then I had classes during the day. In the evenings I would obviously do work, but always made sure to leave time for exercising and/or TV/chill out time. You need some time to relax and wind down, even just for half an hour to an hour!

Good luck!

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Paichka » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:39 am

Here was an average weekday for me last semester:

8am: Got to school
8am - 8:40: Dicked around on the internet, got coffee, refreshed my memory on reading for my first class
8:50 - 9:40: First Class
9:40 - 10:50: Break -- more coffee, refreshed memory on reading for next class
11:00 - 11:50: Next Class
12:00 - 2:35: Massive break -- hit the gym, got lunch, refreshed memory on reading for next two classes
2:45 - 3:35: Class
3:45 - 4:40: Class
4:40 - 6:00: Commute home
6:00 - 8:00: Dinner, hung out with daughter (bath, book, bed)
8:00 - 11pm: Studying

I'd go to bed around 11, wake up in the morning around 6, repeat.

Two days a week I'd stay at school until 10pm to get ahead on the reading (I stayed about a week ahead). That way, on the weekends, my day looked like this:

8am - 12pm: Hang out with daughter
12pm - 2pm: Read (maybe) while daughter naps
2pm - 8pm: Catch up on TV from previous week, take daughter to park, go shopping, get nails done, WE.
8pm - 12pm: Girl's night out OR, if people were being lame, reading (cut this out as exam time approached)

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby thexfactor » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:43 am

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wake up 8am
eat/shower/watch some tv 8-9
9-1030 class
1030-12 class
12-2 go home and eat/nap
2-4 class
4-5 HW at home
5-6 relax/ waste time online
6-7 eat/watch tv
7-10 study
10-11 workout
11-12- relax/ waste time online
12-8 sleep
\

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby romothesavior » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:45 am

So xfactor and paichka, you both spent ~3 hours studying?

Glad to see your schedules won't put me in killself mode. I always felt that law school horror stories were exaggerated.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby thexfactor » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:54 am

romothesavior wrote:So xfactor and paichka, you both spent ~3 hours studying?

Glad to see your schedules won't put me in killself mode. I always felt that law school horror stories were exaggerated.


more like 4 a day. Some days less. However, I actually paid attention in class. No fb or twitter. :lol:

However, my weekend schedule:
Sat
9am-12 waste time music etc...
12-5 study/chat/go online
eat 5-7
7-1 study/chat/go online

Sun
8-10 wast time online
10-1 out to eat + grocery shopping
1-6 tv/study
6-7 eat
7-9 relax workout
9-12 waste time/look over outlines


I went out 3 times for the whole year.....
Spring break- went home and basically followed the same schedule.

wow come to think about it now, I actually did a lot of work during the semester. Most of it on weekends.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby romothesavior » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:57 am

Serious question... How much do most law students go out? It sounds like xfactor didn't go out much, but what about others? From what I hear, it isn't really an option late in the semester. But what about early on? Do most students drink and go to sporting events, etc.?

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby thexfactor » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:18 pm

romothesavior wrote:Serious question... How much do most law students go out? It sounds like xfactor didn't go out much, but what about others? From what I hear, it isn't really an option late in the semester. But what about early on? Do most students drink and go to sporting events, etc.?


A lot of people I know went out once a week or so. Most of the people that did well seemed to study all the time. (top 15%) However there were a coupl e of my friends that did pretty well top 1/3 who went out once a week.

My philosophy is that LS is kinda like bbqing. You need to prepare early. you dont want to marinate meat 5 mins before you are going to grill it. Hence you want to study early. A lot of the stuff isnt hard, but it takes time to understand. If you dont give it time, you wouldnt be able to manipulate the concept on the exam.
I front loaded my schedule. 1 month before exams, I was a lot more relaxed than i was earlier in the semester.
Also start your papers early. The earlier you start, the more your writing teacher can read and help. You dont want to go to office hours 2 days before the paper is due. I guarantee the professor's office will be packed.

num 1 tip: Pay attention in class
#2 start everything early!

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby yinz » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:22 pm

Paichka wrote:4:40 - 6:00: Commute home


How many times do you punch the steering wheel during this commute? I'm taking bets of over/under 3.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Paichka » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:24 pm

As far as going out, yeah, there's plenty of that earlier in the semester if you like. My school's SBA had a thirsty thursday/bar review every Thursday, and there were plenty of non-sponsored social events throughout the semester. I didn't go out as much as I'd have liked, but there's no reason you couldn't go out at least once or twice a week, as long as you were smart about budgeting your time the rest of the week.

Most days I probably studied between 3-6 hours per day between and after classes. Two days a week I studied longer than that -- maybe 8-10 hours. I did that on purpose so that I could free up my weekends for my munchkin, but you could definitely spread the work out over the weekends without negatively impacting your social life.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Paichka » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:25 pm

yinz wrote:
Paichka wrote:4:40 - 6:00: Commute home


How many times do you punch the steering wheel during this commute? I'm taking bets of over/under 3.


Haha -- that wasn't ALL driving. 40 minutes of it was walking to and riding the metro, the rest was driving. So, not too bad. :)

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Bankhead » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:29 pm

you can go out every night if you want the first month of the semester.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby yinz » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:30 pm

Were your schedules any different in the weeks leading up to finals?

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Paichka » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:38 pm

Yinz,

Yeah. While classes were still going on, I followed essentially the same schedule during the week but accelerated my reading pace so I'd be finished with all of the reading/outlining by the last day of classes. That meant I worked between 4-6 hours on the weekends, maybe a little more.

Once reading period started, this was my schedule:

3 hours: Practice Exam (for first class)
1 hour: Outline clean-up based on Practice Exam
2 hours: Break
4 hours: Outline clean up, E&E multiple choice questions, etc. (for a different class)

The day before the exam I'd run through a practice exam, without writing out my answer, just spotting issues, for a few hours, then relax.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby thexfactor » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:44 pm

yinz wrote:Were your schedules any different in the weeks leading up to finals?


During reading week I went
9-12 study by myself.
12-1 eat
1-6 study with 2 close friends
6-8 relax
8-10 study alone
10-12 relax

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby bankruptedcasino » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:49 pm

yinz wrote:

How many times do you punch the steering wheel during this commute? I'm taking bets of over/under 3.


A 90-minute commute isn't out of the question in Southern California. Some would say it's the norm. Personally, it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to drive 17 miles to/from my office.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby romothesavior » Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:53 pm

Any other current law students want to contribute?

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Re: 1L Daily Life

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Notor » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:29 pm

Guess OP didn't get that annoying email that BU sent out in the fall with the overly-anal and OCD-detailed spreadsheet's of select student's schedules.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby trialjunky » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:43 pm

tag

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Kretzy » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:48 pm

Paichka wrote:Yinz,


What part of Pittsburgh are you from?

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby JWicker10 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:49 pm

bankruptedcasino wrote:
yinz wrote:

How many times do you punch the steering wheel during this commute? I'm taking bets of over/under 3.


A 90-minute commute isn't out of the question in Southern California. Some would say it's the norm. Personally, it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to drive 17 miles to/from my office.


Agreed, I try to avoid rush hour, but when I'm stuck in it, it takes me about 2 hours to drive 35 miles home.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby Great Satchmo » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:32 pm

JWicker10 wrote:
bankruptedcasino wrote:A 90-minute commute isn't out of the question in Southern California. Some would say it's the norm. Personally, it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to drive 17 miles to/from my office.


Agreed, I try to avoid rush hour, but when I'm stuck in it, it takes me about 2 hours to drive 35 miles home.


I had a ~45 minute commute each direction for work for about 5 months and I couldn't stand it.

This is just another reason I'm moving into a place 2 blocks from campus - I'm walking to campus in 5 minutes at least for 1L, just one less thing to worry about.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby JWicker10 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:33 pm

Great Satchmo wrote:
JWicker10 wrote:
bankruptedcasino wrote:A 90-minute commute isn't out of the question in Southern California. Some would say it's the norm. Personally, it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to drive 17 miles to/from my office.


Agreed, I try to avoid rush hour, but when I'm stuck in it, it takes me about 2 hours to drive 35 miles home.


I had a ~45 minute commute each direction for work for about 5 months and I couldn't stand it.

This is just another reason I'm moving into a place 2 blocks from campus - I'm walking to campus in 5 minutes at least for 1L, just one less thing to worry about.


DEFINITELY agreed. There are few worse things than traffic, and I don't plan on having time to waste in LS.

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Re: 1L Daily Life

Postby katjust » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:39 pm

I spend 3-4 hours days studying on average. I came in around 7:00 AM, and went home around 5:00 and did no studying after that (usually). However, Fridays were free from class, so there was often a good deal of studying on that day. I rarely did anything on the weekend except during finals or when a legal writing project was due.

I recommend (strongly) paying attention in class. I didn't do it as much as I should have, but in the classes I did I did better.

I have kids and a wife. I am at a 2T school (50-70 rank). I finished my 1L year in the top 15% (guessing based on past years grade distribution since official rank hasn't been released).




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