Which school should I choose? They are ranked pretty similarly (USD seems like they moved up quite a lot this year) Are they pretty much regional school that is similar in the quality of academic program/reputation?
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am I just bound to fail if I live like how I did during my UG years?[/b]
You will not have time for 3-4 hours of basketball after classes. You cannot continue to be a video game addict. Until you graduate, your job is to be a law school addict.
There should be a big caveat with this: for some people its true, for others its not. Seriously I played WoW all through law school (with some breaks, and not at finals) I have a PS3 in the living room and another one in the master bedroom. Im playing Fallout 3 between bar study sessions.
I took between 10-12 credits every semester for 4 years while working either PT or FT as a law clerk and running my own small business. I graduated within the top 13 people in my class (ranks for this year not out yet). Some people can do it, you just have to be a good time manager. But there are other things I could not do, or did not do, for the sake of school, like not taking more than 1 weeks vacation (i.e. that included no school work in that time) in five years.
People can still have lives outside of law school, you just have to decide what you want to give up, for me I would rather have most weekends off then 6 weeks away from home a year. I was willing to give up watching network TV, get a tivo and not go out to as much so, and get up by 5:30 AM every morning so I could continue my game playing because that was a hobby and stress reliever that I really enjoyed. Im sure there are things you did not give up, that I would consider a luxury, for me giving up games was just not an option.