I hope that Evan was able to talk you out of your tree a little bit, though comfort from a super-genius is cold comfort at times. It IS tough, and I thought I was going to lose my mind the first quarter. I'm married with three kids, too, and I commute an hour and a half one way each day. Believe it or not, it does get better. The workload doesn't get lighter (actually, next quarter is going to be crushing), but your ability will rise to match. Right now, it takes forever to brief the cases, and the professors don't let the details slide, and they're really not into patting you on the head and telling you you're doing a good job when you only scratch the surface of the case. Not only that, but the class is so small that they KNOW you don't get it, since you can't sit in the back in relative anonymity like you could in bigger schools. The good news is that whether or not you THINK you do or don't get something, the professor is bound to give you feedback sooner or later. Professor Contracts and Professor CivPro are both tough taskmasters, but you WILL learn. You need to know, if you don't already, that your class is top-heavy on the scholarships. MANY of your classmates will lose them. But you won't, because the absolute, number one, most important thing you can do: BE COOL. Seriously. I am the queen of panic, and I worked myself into the ground, and I did not make any headway on my grades until I learned to relax a little bit. Trust myself a bit more. I don't let the professors bully me into confusion. THAT is the true test. You'll be ok. Honestly, you may never like it here. I still don't 99% of the time. But I know I'm tougher for it, and I came to a litigation school because I'm going to be a litigator, and in the three quarters since I've been here I can guarantee you that if you put me up against a UT 2L, I will
chew 'em up and spit 'em out. (Sorry, Eliza... Crow). There's a method to the madness, and you'll be better for it. In a couple of weeks, you'll bailiff for the Moot Court, and you will be amazed at the performances you see, but each of the speakers will be at the end of their 1L year. It's pretty damn impressive. You'll be one of us, too.