« on: November 27, 2006, 06:12:54 PM »
I am just finishing up my first semester in the part-time program at USD while working 30 hours a week. Definately drop your hours if you can because the extra sleep and study time makes a huge difference. Your life will consist entirely of school and work, with small breaks for significant others. A typical week day for me starts with working from 9:30am-4pm, class and or studying from 5:30-9:30pm. Because I have a long commute, this usually means I leave the house around 8:30am and get home around 10:30pm. Weekends I spend at least 8 hours each day, but take a two hour breaks for lunch and dinner. I spend a minimum of 30 hours per week for classes and homework.
Law school is a lot more work than undergrad. The professors do not "teach" you the subject you are studying, they generate discussions in which you argue for or against something and explain why you chose the argument you chose. You have to read the assignments because class participation or lack of it will affect your grade. The reading is weird because you are reading actual cases from which you have to figure out what the law is. The legal writing assignments are the worst because you cannot have anyone else review your work and many of the assignments you are not allowed to discuss with anyone.