I did the same thing my first semester. I KILLED myself studying, didn't go out, lost a bunch of weight during finals from forgetting to eat because I was so worked up, huge clumps of my hair fell out, I was snapping at my family, freaking out, etc. I got my lowest GPA of all of law school (it's my third year).Second semester, after getting over my frustration, I started working smarter. Not harder ... I was actually probably working less hard than my first semester (I doubt I ever worked that hard, even with all the stress and extracurriculurs I did in my 2L year), but I was working a lot smarter. I didn't go to the academic services personnel at my school (I realized what I'd been doing wrong) but I recommend giving that a shot.Don't get discouraged. Gather yourself up, you'll be ok, and it's almost inevitable that your GPA/rank increases after next semester. At least you have the "work ethic" thing down!
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