How is the Bar Exam(Particularly interested in the Georgia Bar) set up. Is it Multiple choice? Essay?
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CBethun1: I went to Georgia Tech for undergrad and currently attend law school at Georgia State.
In all honesty I think a lot is what you make of it. I do study a lot more than I did in my undergrad days and I went to an engineering school that has a reputation for wanting to screw students with regards to grades. On average I have somewhere from 10-25 pages per class to read. At my school some people study constantly and some people claim they just look over the cases for about an hour (especially if they don't think there is a chance they will get called on). I am probably somewhere in the middle of these 2 extremes.
I think the main thing is to not get so consumed that you lose focus of the important things in life. Just because you hear that somebody is studying so much than you doesn't mean that you need to study more just because they are. Sure law school is very important, but when compared to family and other relationships it doesn't even compare. You will be busy, but if you use your time effectively you should not have any need to neglect these things.
Here is what I generally try to do:
Monday-Wednesday: I don't do a lot of studying at the library just because it is harder for me to concentrate there than at home. I get home from school at about 3:30 and relax for about a half hour. I then usually start studying at about 4:00 and take breaks for dinner and to talk to my fiancee on the phone for 20 or 30 minutes. Mondays I tend to study until at least 12:30 because I have my legal writing course on Tuesday that is very time consuming. Tuesday and Wednesday I study until 10:30 or 11:00.
Thursday: I also get home at 3:30, but I don't do study quite as much (so far). I usually try to study until 9:30 or 10:00. There are many school organizations events on Thursdays because very few classes are scheduled on Fridays. My only Friday class is a Legal Bibliography class, which basically just teaches everyone how to use the library and perform online research (no studying is really required).
Friday: I get out at 11:00 and haven't really had a set schedule on this day. Unless I really need to get caught up I take off from Friday after class until Saturday.
Saturday: I try to study somewhere in the 4-5 hour range (I think). In all honesty I am not nearly as structured on this day as I am on others.
Sunday: I don't start studying until 2:00 or 3:00 after church, lunch and a little time with family. I then study until about 10:00
Hope this helps some.