« on: July 07, 2006, 12:17:09 AM »
First semester (16 hours, 15 graded 1 pass/fail Legal Writing)
First class started at 10:30 every day. Wake up around 7, shower, eat. Jump on bus at 8am, at the library by 8:30 to get a good spot. Look over assigned reading for the morning class or read and highlight the cases if needed.
Class over at 11:30, go to "lunch" which meant spending about 15 minutes talking to classmates or eating my lunch in the library and 90 minutes of reading/highlighting the cases/going over notes for the afternoon classes. Once afternoon classes were over at 3:30, head staright to library, work until about 6:30 or 7. Jump on the bus, home by 7:30. Make dinner, work out. Home by 10. Hour of TV, go to bed.
On the weekends - do some work on Friday afternoon, about 3 hours or so. If memo is due, spend more time on Fridays trying to figure it out. Take Saturday and most of Sunday off, maybe read for Monday at some point on Sunday. Go out maybe 2-3 times all semester.
Worked on outlines periodically throughout the semester, starting after the first month of classes. Have no clue how to take a law school exam.
Results - bad grades, bottom 1/3.
Second semester, 16 credits.
Class starts at 10. Sleep in til about 8:30, catch bus around 9:15, get to school by 9:30. Briefly look over the assigned cases for the morning. Get out of class, take about an hour for lunch. Come back to the library about 45 mins. before class. Look over cases for afternoon classes quickly or surf the internet depending on whether I think I'll be called on. Go to class, spend entire class time in contracts on the internet, occasionally listen in crim law, get out around 3:15. Go to library until about 6 reading for class the next day and working on legal research assignments.
Try to spend Thursday and Friday reading for the week ahead so that I don't have to go to the library after class. Usually if I got enough done on these days, I pretty much left school after class by 5pm and didn't do anything in the evenings during the next week.
Spring Break - begin to slowly condense the material between going to the NCAA tournament. Change my outline style from a traditional outline format to something more along the lines of re-copying my notes. Take hypos and practice exams earlier and take them more seriously. Learn how to analyze an issue from both sides.
Last month of semester - spend very little time actually preparing for class. Go out nearly every Thursday night and get really drunk, no weekend work at all. Spend most of the week working on "outlines" and reading hornbooks/commercial study aids.
Results - 2nd semseter GPA near top 1/4. Overall, slightly better than 50th percentile.
What a roller coaster ride just to be average.