Depends on how well you manage your time but I would plan on having very, very little free time during 1L. You will have more free time during 2L and 3L but unless the economy improves dramatically by that time, you'd probably be better off gaining as much legal experience as possible to make yourself as attractive as possible to employers. The days of a top law school guaranteeing you a six-figure income no matter what are basically over unless something drastically changes from the current situation. My honest advice is that if you're really passionate about your arts career is to not go to law school at all, or not go to law school until you've completely gotten it out of your system.
Hi guys, so I've been a long time lurker of LSD and have found so much helpful info. I got accepted to Columbia Law (yay!) but decided to defer for one year. The reason being, I've been passionate about the performing arts since I was little and got significant experience in dance and acting but sacrificed devoting myself to it for academics. My dedication to my studies paid off of course, but I knew that once I started law school my performing arts career will be all but a dream. So I took the plunge and deferred. I have been training at a dance studio to eventually get signed by an agent, and plan to be in the entertainment field for the next few years. Nevertheless, law school is still my ultimate goal and I plan to go in the near future. So here's my question: is law school so entirely demanding that other pursuits are impossible? If I decide to attend next fall, would I still have time for auditions, rehearsals, etc.? What is a typical day like, and from your experience, is it possible to have a life outside of law school? Thanks guys!