i don't have any of my real grades yet (we had 2 finals and a midterm), just the midterm, and i did fairly well in that. not grade-onto-law-review well, but above-the-median well. of course, that was a midterm, only worth 20% of our final grade in that class, so no one actually spent more than a day preparing for it. it was also two days before the 5 credit property final, which is where most of my effort last semester was spent.
that said, i really enjoyed my first semester, but like taterstol, this one's going to be much more work. we get our appellate brief assignment in legal writing next week, and then have a month to do it. i'm really looking forward to that, because i do enjoy the research and the writing, even if the constant revisions and redrafting is really tedious.
my general schedule has been to wake up on saturday, and do all the reading for one class for the next week. repeat on sunday. on monday, i had only one class last term, so i'd do all the reading for a third class that day (i think i'll do that on friday this term), and for the last class i'd spread it our during the rest of the week. it meant my weekends sucked, but i usually had two free nights during the week where i could just relax and watch tv.
i was very proud of the fact that i never skipped class (okay, i missed the last section of one class before thanksgiving, but more than half the class did!) and did every single page of assigned reading for every class (before it was discussed in class). if you can manage that, i think it puts you in good shape, because on effort alone you'd be in the top 1/4 easily.