5 classes is hard no matter which way you slice it. i took 5 classes this past semester (also trying to do well) and it was by far the toughest semester of law school (and i was a 3L). 2L is only 'easy' if you already have a job lined up and don't care if you get Bs. lots of kids who (a) didn't get jobs through oci, and (b) want to clerk will be studying hard. if you want to raise your gpa, look at grade distributions (if possible) and take the classes that give out the most As. also take seminars, etc.