« on: February 15, 2007, 02:47:00 PM »
1.) what's your schools's rank? FT, PT, or night program?
Top 10, only full-time program.
2.) how many hours in class?
Approximately equal to number of credits, give or take an hour; something like sixteen hours.
3.) how many hours studying outside of class?
Four hours every weekday night, average of ten hours a day on the weekend. So forty hours a week average.
4.) what results did you achieve? (grades/rank)
5.) any pearls of wisdom from hindsight?
-I may be in the minority, but I would have read through the Examples and Explanations guide to Civil Procedure the summer before I started. Civ Pro is one of the most tangible, rule based areas of the law and therefore the easiest to grasp just based upon undergrad experience. A lot of professors do closed book exams on the subject, so it's especially worthy of advance prep.
-Spend whatever it costs for exam writing tools. I did both LEEWS and Flemmings, as well as reading the famous books like Getting To Maybe. You're already spending thousands on this education, spend the extra grand on the exam writing guides.
-Outline from the getgo. I spent my exam periods working through exams, while most of my peers were still trying to compile their notes into a working form.
-Take more practice exams than you think you need to... Harvard and a few other schools have enormous databases of old exams. A lot of people merely look at and/or discuss the exams. FORCE yourself to write them out. It's the one and only thing I'm significantly changing this semester, as I intend to write out even more exams.
-Get to know your professors. Don't waste your time running up to them after class: go see them in their offices. Invite them out to lunch. Pay for lunches without asking, and don't be afraid to go out on one on one lunches. Some of my best moments of the whole semester were spent eating with just a professor.
-Help others out. Always provide notes for others, be upbeat as much as you can, and never boast about your acomplishments to your peers.
-Take time for yourself! Even though I spent sixty hours a week doing school work, I made it a priority to take time for the girlfriend, for my hobbies, and for my health. Again, while everyone was working hard during exam time, I spent a few hours chilling every night during the exam period because I had prepared so well all semester long.
Note: these answers are only based on first semester, still got to finish up this one, though things are the same thus far.