molazapuku wrote:We don't have any first semester grades ...so take this with a grain of salt as it is only my opinion and observation with no metrics to back it up.
You are talking 6 Saturday afternoons, half of which occur before you start to feel remotely stressed (read: when your first midterm makes you freak out about your study habits and finals come into distant view and when your first truly graded memo is assigned). This is not a catastrophic loss of productivity. And I am in the camp that one should cultivate SOME kind of life outside the law building or else it will drive you mad. There HAS to be a point of diminishing returns on your studies. Knocking off to watch a little football, having a baseball game on while you read the casebook...these things will NOT kill you. I do not feel behind my classmates in any sense and I have certainly not spent every waking moment studying the law. I will post at least SOME guidance if my grades reflected that (it will be somewhat generalized...I do have classmates on this board and I don't think it is too hard to connect the dots).
Now, if you choose to go to every single law school event thrown by every single student associate AND go to the football games...you may feel a bit more stressed. I see some people that seem to feel compelled to go to everything, I feel that just being a student this first semester and having some activities to keep yourself sane is enough. Then again I worry less about my resume than other folks (non-trad with work experience).
As for basketball...I dunno. I am not a basketball guy and didn't buy the tickets. Maybe next year. But you get 4 tickets and essentially pick your package (as I understood it) so it could be games 1-4, or games 5-8, etc. Seems like you could avoid the truly stressful points fairly easily.
Gotcha. That makes sense to me. You don't have 1st semester grades at all?