I wait tables/bartend in a restaurant. I planned on keeping this job when law school started, just working Friday or Saturday nights. But I started my school's four week extended orientation program last week and I have definitely changed my mind. During the program I go to class from 8:30 to 4:00 every day. We have Torts, Contracts, and Family Law plus other skills classes. I go straight home and read then go to sleep. This week I only had to work Thursday night and it really put me behind about 30 pages of reading. I can only imagine what it will be like with 6 classes instead of 3. That is why I'm putting in my notice. Even though I finished my assignments for this weekend I'm too exhausted to want to go to work and it leaves me stressed out when I leave. I technically NEED to work, because my husband has one more semester of undergrad left, but he works and we will get loans. I've heard of a few people who have worked during 1L but they all said that their grades aren't as good as they could have been. You know what you can handle but remember that an extra couple of dollars a week isn't really going to make or break you.
Wow jchutz1, that's rough. You're probably right to quit. There's just so much a human body can do!
I'm in the lucky position of being able to set my own hours at the law firm. Plus, when I'm working, my brain is still engaged in the law, which is a plus. My supervising attorney is an angel. She recently made the rounds of other partners I work with and reminded them that under no circumstances will I work more than 20 hours per week (they had all gotten accustomed to my pre-law school 40+ hours).
In any event, because I work in a law firm, I'm always home by 5 the days I work. Right now my schedule works out so I am off work on Fridays, which is perfect.