Not true. I personally know someone who is only top 25%, no journal, no moot court, no mock trial at 30-40 ranked school who got a six figure biglaw job in a smaller market. Granted, it's not NYC or Chicago or LA, but it pays 100,000 a year.
Generally what the above posters have said is correct. However, some schools will make allowances for students who live further away and commute in. I know that mine allowed those who had children or who live further than 10 miles away to request either "early start" or "late start" for their classes the first semester. For the second semester, those same students could pick their schedules. (They could only choose one elective, but they got to pick between 3 alternative times for their other 3 classes)
I don't know a single full time 1L who wasn't at school 5 days a week.
Email them! They may have outlines they use for class that they are willing to give you. When my friend's laptop died, the profs were really cool about trying to help. One even sent an email to the whole class asking people to help him.
Hi there....the legal writing program at my school (like everyone else's) sucks. I could really use some help with writing my trial level brief this semester. Are there any good books out there on this? I happen to have drawn a tough grader (again) and need to do well to make up for an average grade last semester.