What time do law school classes usually start?

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LawyerBrah
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What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby LawyerBrah » Tue May 08, 2012 1:06 am

Might be a really stupid question. But I've been curious as to how someones schedule in law school looks like. Do people attend class in the morning? Afternoon? Are class times flexible or do they get assigned to you? How many hours a day do people spend in class? I'm assuming it varies depending on the school though i just wanted to get a general idea.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby BVest » Tue May 08, 2012 2:17 am

I would say "it depends" but here's one example:

http://www.law.smu.edu/Registrar/Course ... -2012.aspx

(FT 1L classes indicated by Sec. 1 and Sec. 2; Sec. 3 is the PT program).

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby cinephile » Tue May 08, 2012 6:00 am

Ours was terrible this semester. 9am - 4pm with a break for lunch. But not long enough to get errands or anything else accomplished during the day.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby DocHawkeye » Tue May 08, 2012 9:22 am

My fall semester schedule was this:

M/T
9:00 - Contracts
11:00 - Civ Pro
1:30 (to 2:45) - Crim
3:00 - LRW "Lecture"

W
9:00 - Contracts
11:00 - Civ Pro
2:30 - Property

Th/F
9:15 (to 10:45) - Torts
11:00 - LRW "Small Group" (Th only)
2:30 Property

There were two small changes in the spring - no crim and property at 1:00. All 1L's had the same schedule in the fall. In the spring only one prof taught property so there was a 1:00 and a 2:30 section. Profs and sections were assigned by the dean's office. You simply registered for the sections that they told you to register for.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby Doorkeeper » Tue May 08, 2012 10:26 am

In my senior year of college, I didn't take any class before noon.

I'm going to miss those days...

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby cutecarmel » Tue May 08, 2012 2:28 pm

Doorkeeper wrote:In my senior year of college, I didn't take any class before noon.

I'm going to miss those days...


Oh yes that was wonderful :D

But in law school, especially you first year, your classes will probably start between 8am and 9am.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby domer22 » Tue May 08, 2012 2:37 pm

after your first year you can pick classes that start in the afternoon. 2L/3L year you should schedule all your classes in the morning and get a part time job in the afternoon to get experience.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby BVest » Tue May 08, 2012 3:20 pm

Doorkeeper wrote:In my senior year of college, I didn't take any class before noon.

I'm going to miss those days...


That year I didn't attend any before noon. But that was some time ago (and the only thing between me and T14).

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby BVest » Tue May 08, 2012 3:33 pm

domer22 wrote:after your first year you can pick classes that start in the afternoon. 2L/3L year you should schedule all your classes in the morning and get a part time job in the afternoon to get experience.


Of course some schools require your agreement to a limitation on hours worked per week.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby jessuf » Tue May 08, 2012 3:42 pm

This semester, I had:
M: 10-4:45
T: 1-3
W: 1-4:45
TH: 10-3
F: nothing

Not bad!

Last semester, I had 8am classes on MWF, yuck.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby darkphoenix323 » Wed May 09, 2012 10:23 pm

During 1L, the school selected my schedule and I had 9AM classes M-F. It was brutal. But this year (2L), I got to pick my own classes and I started at 10:30 M/W and at 1:00PM T/TH and it has been great. Next semester, I will only have classes two days a week.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby wildhaggis » Wed May 09, 2012 10:26 pm

5 am, sharp.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby dingbat » Thu May 10, 2012 12:25 am

BVest wrote:
domer22 wrote:after your first year you can pick classes that start in the afternoon. 2L/3L year you should schedule all your classes in the morning and get a part time job in the afternoon to get experience.


Of course some schools require your agreement to a limitation on hours worked per week.

It is an ABA requirement that you work no more than 20 hours per week if enrolled as a full-time student, so unless you're going to a non-accredited school in California, that is your maximum.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby BVest » Thu May 10, 2012 12:35 am

dingbat wrote:
BVest wrote:
domer22 wrote:after your first year you can pick classes that start in the afternoon. 2L/3L year you should schedule all your classes in the morning and get a part time job in the afternoon to get experience.


Of course some schools require your agreement to a limitation on hours worked per week.


It is an ABA requirement that you work no more than 20 hours per week if enrolled as a full-time student, so unless you're going to a non-accredited school in California, that is your maximum.


Texas has a stricter limit than the ABA requirements. And has no PT program. (ETA: That's "Texas" as in "Univ. of"... not the state)

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby Tom Joad » Thu May 10, 2012 12:44 am

I have never taken an 8am class in my life. This could be bad. Even my senior year of high school I only went noon to 3:30.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby RedBirds2011 » Thu May 10, 2012 1:07 am

Tom Joad wrote:I have never taken an 8am class in my life. This could be bad. Even my senior year of high school I only went noon to 3:30.


You went to a high school where you could show up at noon?! Nice!

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby Tom Joad » Thu May 10, 2012 1:09 am

RedBirds2011 wrote:
Tom Joad wrote:I have never taken an 8am class in my life. This could be bad. Even my senior year of high school I only went noon to 3:30.


You went to a high school where you could show up at noon?! Nice!


Work Release

Work Release

Study Hall

Study Hall

Lunch

That's all I remember about my schedule.

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Re: What time do law school classes usually start?

Postby dingbat » Thu May 10, 2012 1:14 am

Tom Joad wrote:
RedBirds2011 wrote:
Tom Joad wrote:I have never taken an 8am class in my life. This could be bad. Even my senior year of high school I only went noon to 3:30.


You went to a high school where you could show up at noon?! Nice!


Work Release

Work Release

Study Hall

Study Hall

Lunch

That's all I remember about my schedule.

Yeah, I once pulled off a semester in high school where I had no classes on Friday




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