Getting drunk is fine, but is more effective if done after one's final final. = : )
Obviously, but I really don't think it's a benefit to completely give up having a life, being social, etc during the school year either. I know a lot of law students go into absolute panic mode, especially around finals time where they literally don't do anything
but study. I really doubt that is good for you, both because it's going to make you super anxious, plus having some R&R is healthy for you.
Now, I don't discuss grades much with people, but what I do know is who is employed, where different people got jobs etc, and it doesn't seem to me that the super-OCD-students did any better than the more laid back of us; on the contrary. Mind you, perhaps I feel more laid back because this stuff is coming easier to me than others, and I'm just a lucky guy, I don't know. But contrary to "popular belief", I don't see gunners and over-anxious super-readers actually getting better grades than those of us who approach this as just school
You're quite right that that's not what I recommend. As to having a life, that's quite right too. But which is which? If you've multiple trust funds from which you're simply overwhelmed figuring out how to rid yourself of all those disbursements, good for you. For everyone else, this is hardly a game, sober or otherwise.
Obviously, my point is simply that going to the level of desperation is never a good way to achieve anything
. If you are really struggling with law school, I think it's more likely your problem is with the way
you are studying, not the amount of time you put in. In all fairness, I think you made that point as well a bit earlier.
For pre-laws, don't make the mistake many do by studying too much, poorly, and then deciding what you're going to let pass. What happens is that students re-focus on the wrong things--those things that have a low cost-benefit--and let the few good tools lie unused.
Come exam time, all this goes away. What is left is your professor (via the exam) and you.
By now, outlines and practice exams are key. But an outline isn't to "study"; it's to use. How? By working through a dozen practice exams for each subject, and spending an equal amount of time dissecting just what you hit (and why) and what you missed (and why). This is intense, and focused. This is why highlighting, notes, brown-nosing, etc. are so pointless.
At this point, how about a half-dozen practice exams each?
You're making sense here, the problem I have is that you're not going to know whether your answers to practice exams are right or not, in the eyes of the professor. I had one professor during 1L that actually let us do a practice exam question (just one out of three on that old exam) and gave us feedback on it. That was absolutely invaluable. But 99% of the practice exams you do, you're not getting any feedback at all. If you didn't know what was right or wrong when doing that practice exam, how would you know afterwards?