Again, if you're satisfied with a C average, then maybe you can take it a little easier than I've described. If you aren't afraid to hear your friends and acquaintances ask, "Weren't you in law school awhile back? What happened?" then by all means, make it to that concert. But to excel, you really have to take your medicine and make the sacrifice.
Generally quite true. Just a somewhat different take on the effort-and-grade question: Great grades are not about effort. Or, more correctly, not just about effort. I know this is hard to swallow, because for 16 years we've been trained to buck up and just cram already. But that is the wrong way to approach law exams, whether full- or part-time. It is possible to do well in law school with relatively less effort, even if your attention is split with job and family too. If anything, it's all the more important to focus on efficiency, as that's where the wheel-spinning of full-time students is equalized.
If you find yourself with never any spare time, that's a warning that you're going about law school the wrong way. Law exams require focus, not regurgitation. Certainly not projectile vomiting. Doing well in law exams requires discipline, not raw horsepower. For all, if you've not seen LEEWS, that's a good start to the law exam process. Take this early in your semester; then use it. Don't pick it up "just before finals." By then, it's too late. This should be an integral part of studying for law school.
A different way to look at it: A practicing lawyer could forget everything they know, and in the space of a few hours a day get re-familiarized with the law. Chances are they would ace the exams, or close to it. How is this possible? Are they smarter? By definition, no. Discounting the ones who decided not to take (or pass) the bar, they're just about the same as you. The answer is that they will approach law in the way needed for a law exam, because that's the way it's needed for the law. Unfortunately, most students (understandably) approach law school like they've approached all schools before. Yet law exams do not "test" the law in the same way that your biology professor tested your knowledge of photosynthesis.
This is how part-time students can actually do better than full-time ones . . . and much better, on an hour-for-hour basis. Work smart, not (just) hard.