It's one of those things where you gotta know yourself. First semester of 1L - just do all the work and dont take chances, since you dont know where you stand yet. It might turn out that you were born for this, and you can have your cake and eat it too. Then again, it's possible that you have to work harder than most to make good grades. Then kiss either your social life, or your law school career good bye. With that said though, most people go out here and there, without causing themselves too much academic harm. That all changes in November though.