« on: April 12, 2006, 10:15:14 PM »
I'm a current 1L and I very regularly take the weekends off entirely. This is not to say that I never do work on the weekends, but more often than not I spend the weekends work-free. If a legal writing assignment is due, or finals are approaching and I need to get my outlines in order, then I'll of course put in some time on the weekend.
Here's my typical weekly schedule, though (keep in mind that it varies with any appts, special events, etc going on in a given week).
Monday - Thursday: Get to school about 8. Have 2-3 classes spread out throughout the day. Spend the time between classes reading/prepping for the class to come, with a break for lunch with friends. Last class ends at 4:30, so then I head home. Once home, I generally do work, outline, etc til around 9, with a break for dinner somewhere in between. After 9, watch some tv, surf the internet, and relax before heading to bed.
Fridays: Somehow my section lucked out and we don't have classes on Fridays, so I use this day to catch up on reading and also to outline for the week that has passed. It works out perfectly because everyone else (my friends, family, bf) is at school or work during this time, so there are no distractions and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. I generally go from about 8 or 9 (depending on when I can get myself out of bed) until 6 or 7. Then I take the rest of the night off and usually go out for some drinking.
Saturdays: Lazy day spent hanging out with my bf and recovering from any hangover. Take care of errands like grocery shopping. Saturday night is usually more relaxed than Friday (ie. usually not much drinking so I'm not hungover and useless on Sunday). But no schoolwork.
Sunday: Get up late, casual afternoon, then usually do some reading and work between 2 and 7. I take the night off to relax before the week starts up again.
When I started law school, I had a crazy schedule all worked out. I even color coded it in excel and printed it to carry with me. I found that it was excessive within the first week or two. I do not consider myself a slacker, and the study habits I've described above have worked incredibly well for me. I came out with a high A- GPA first semester, putting me in the top 10-15% of my class (actual ranks won't be released til summer - this is a guess based on last year's numbers). Hope this helps ease some concerns.