« on: January 15, 2013, 10:31:09 AM »
I have real life experience. First, I had a 2.3 undergrad gpa, and a 142 LSAT. Quantitative, I am bottom of the barrel and not going to be successful in law school, or the bar exam. I was admitted to SJCL, and sat through the full first year. I was academically disqualified because my GPA was below the standard. From what I recall, the cut rate was 2/3, GONE. I went to work as a paralegal, and then applied to another Cal Bar law school. I am not one quarter away from graduation. Here is my take. No matter what law school you go to, Stanford or Yale or small time cal bar school, YOU WILL BUST YOUR BUTT, just to get through the first year. If you have the scores to get to a big time ABA school, you probably can "play the game" a little better. but regardless, its hard, and you will dump many sleepless nights, weekends are shot, and you may lose your spouse. I encourage you to go. But do not be bummed if you do not get through the first year. However, it is not impossible, with hard work. A LOT of hard work. you have to learn the game, and quickly. oh, and there is no magical pill to get out of hard work. everyone has their own method to passing law school, they are all different. the one thing in common, is hard work. best of luck to you.
What are you talking about?
Anybody with reasonable focus and intelligence can reach 95% of their potential in law school by dedicated 50 hours (real hours) a week. After my first semester, I probably spent about 35 hours a week for 12 weeks and then 80 hours a week for 3 weeks. A lot of that time was spent for law review, moot court, and writing papers.
I was almost always over-prepared for exams.
Really, every hour over about 50 per week will be next to useless. It would be much better to spend that extra time to work out, watch movies, take your spouse on dates, or have sex.