Congrats! How many hours a day did you spend studying? Can you share some of your tips with us?
Quote from: ScurvyWench on July 05, 2005, 10:37:56 PMCongrats! How many hours a day did you spend studying? Can you share some of your tips with us? Sure, Scurvy. I'll always try to respond to good questions like this one. Before I start, thanks again to everybody for all the congrats. I give thanks to God first and foremost for keeping me on the path. There are a lot of brothers and sisters out there who would be dying to sit in your shoes right now (talkin to the soon to be law students), so its crucial that we not only "go" to law school, but that we blaze a trail. I hope all of you not only just "go" to law school, but "achieve" when you get there. Can you imagine everybody on the board making Law Reivew at their respective schools? They'd have to do a case study on us or something, shoot maybe even a TV mini-series. But I'm gettin sidetracked, which consequently happens a lot during the school year as well.OK, Scurvy, to answer your question, I'm assuming you are talking about studying for law school in general, as distinguished from work put in towards the actual law review competition. That being said, law school, as you sill soon find out, is a life style. First year is a hazing ritual. You find out a lot about yourself, your study habits, your sleep patterns, your hunger cycle, etc.For me personally, I found that I should eat breakfast in the morning, and then not eat again until about 5 or 6 pm after classes were done, b/c if I ate lunch I would get sleepy during afternoon class. So my typical schedule, wake up around 8, eat breakfast, take vitamins, work out (important), get to school for my 10 o'clock, and essentially be in class from 10 to 5. Somewhere in the middle, when everybody else went to lunch, I went to the library, found a quiet corner, and read the E&E's for my next class.After 5, grab some food and chop it up with the classmates for about an hour just rappin about anything NON-law related. (also important) Around 6 I went back to the library and stayed there until it closed, reading the next days assignments. During first semester, before you know how to speak legalese and before you have the "aha!" moments, you will probably spend a lot of time preparing for the next day's cases. This is ok and to be expected. For me, it meant sitting in that damn library from about 6pm to about 1,2,3 am. In the Spring semester, I was able to reduce this drastically, studying from 6pm to about 10pm. You get more efficient once you start "thinking like a lawyer." You start having those "aha" moments quicker. A case that might have taken you 2 hours to brief fall semester only takes you 15 minutes spring semester. So I would say (outside of class time) my fall semester average time studying was somewhere around 9 hours a day during the week and 12-15 hours on the weekends; my spring semester average time studying was somewhere around 4 hours a day during the week and at most 8 hours on the weekends, if that. Like I said, you just become more efficient over time. But the long hours are necessary at first while you are sorting stuff out. The Law takes getting used to. The Case and Socratic methods are intentially designed to be difficult. As a 1L, be prepared to put in MAD hours at first. Just know that right now. A law professor could easily walk into class and just EXPLAIN your entire class to you in nice, easy to understand english, but that's not the way its done. It's supposed to be difficult b/c a lawyer has to learn to think on his or her own. They want you to drag yourself through it so that by the time you graduate you are self-sufficient. Class is not for questions, its only for you to give answers. And as long as you know that any given day you can get called on to explain an entire concept of the law, you come correct with your A game and prepare for class as if you were a lawyer preparing for court. The system has its ups and downs but overall I think it gets everybody to the finish line one way or another. Some of us gotta get dragged across the line, some of us walk, a few of us actually end up running across it. I was one who tried to come in running, got knocked the f*ck out, got back up, got knocked the f*ck out again, then learned to crawl, then learned to walk and eventually had a nice steady jogging pace going there at the end of 1L.Hope that sheds some light and gives you a leg up. Holla back with any other ?'s.Yo
Sands, I have a question...in your response to Scurvy you mentioned E&E's, do you use any other study aids or did you?? Oh and did you do any prepping before you started your 1L?? Thanks!
Sands, was your Law Review an automatic grade-on, write-on or combo? If it had a write-on component how did you go about doing it?