« on: November 22, 2005, 08:55:56 AM »
"Maybe I shouldn't be doing this for fear of dissuading anyone from coming to Baylor, but I am currently in my second quarter here, and let me tell you. As a 1L, there is absolutely no way that you can do law school 8-6 everyday, and be done with it. My first quarter I was at school at 6:30am every morning, and didn't get home till 11 or 12 at night...and that was just to get by...the people who do really well put in more time than that. This quarter I have more classes than last quarter, but I am lazier. I still get to school at about 6:30am every morning, but I'm usually done by 8pm. So just be warned. I believe that Baylor produces better lawyers than most schools, but you will go through hell to become that better lawyer."
I am a 5Q here at Baylor and let me say that this is a valid criticism. But, and this is a big BUT, a little over the top. I made top quarter after 1L so I think my work ethic was acceptable. I kept my full-ride and can enjoy another very affordable year-and-a-half here. 2Q is the hardest quarter here (except maybe Practice Court I) so what you are going through is not "normal" even by Baylor standards. And I think you may be being a bit dramatic. I worked longer than 8-6 -- but I never got up before 730 (class at 915) and was done with work by 1030. That was 1Q and 2Q-- 3Q things changed drastically. Your 3Q until PCI is very light, or as light as you want it to be. Part of the challenge of Baylor is working hard but not giving into the group mentality around here that to win you have to be the hardest worker.
I have a little bit of a reputation for not prepping for classes adequately and I've been dressed down at least 3 times for it in class. I partied a lot 1L and went to bars once--more often twice a week and had a good time.
Make no mistake, you will work harder at Baylor than other Law schools, but that level is really up to the individual. You don't get shot for not preparing for class--and I would say it doesn't even effect grades very much.
If anyone has specific questions email me.