Depends on your job. Usually you can negotiate when you will start and thus include some time for vacation. My job is unusual because I work for the school's clinic and can vacation whenever/as much as I want.
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If you're in a T4, all bets are off. They weed people out after they let them in (usually). Above that hopefully they weeded out in the admissions process. T1-2 you're pretty much fine and shouldn't worry at all.
« on: November 27, 2005, 11:05:53 AM »
I'm fine so far. No worries. Maybe the people having problems aren't able to adapt to having to work hard for perhaps the first time in their lives.
I guess it would depend on what type of law you're practicing as well. Your school must be one of the rare few, as most of the tier-1s have 80-100% passsage rates, with almost every T4 below 80%. The top 14 are all around 90%+ Studying merely to pass the bar seems like a straight memorization game instead of truly learning and understanding the law. I'm still a 1L though so I can't say whether or not that affects you down the road in terms of the way you think about the law in different situations. http://www.geocities.com/newzraider04/ for usnews rank info.
Hmmm. Maybe I'm thinking of the wrong thing. Perhaps it's that the law is more practical and less theoretical at lower tiered schools. It's in "Law School Confidential" but I don't have it with me at the moment. Plus I know from some other posts that people mentioned a lack of theoretical discussion at their t3-4, which I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Surely you teach just a little differently to people at harvard and people at "insert tier-4 here". Let's not be totally defensive and ignore the 500lb gorilla.
I had heard a difference between Tier 1 and much lower ranked schools was that the Tier 3-4 taught the state law of the state they're located in and Tier 1 did not. The rationale is supposedly that Tier-1 schools send their graduates to places around the country, while Tier 3-4 stays in-state.
I have no real answer to your problems, but I just wanted to say that working while in school must suck. I'm paying for everything with loans and I know I couldn't learn as much as I am without being able to focus 100% on law school. I book brief, read treatises, and use the commercial outlines to help understand everything more fully. I look at it as if I was hiring a lawyer-- would I want someone that did the bare minimum in school, or someone that really knows what they're talking about.