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Study Schedule

Phillip R. Furgason

Study Schedule
« on: March 05, 2003, 11:11:48 PM »
I am having trouble sticking to my study schedule.  I originally intended to study for 1 hour at lunch.  I work for Childrens Protective Services as a CPS Specialist - Caseworker so I frequently work through lunch (child abuse doesn't seem to honor lunch).  I also intended to study for three hour each night but between my large family and preparing for court cases (up to 17 per month - job related)  I have not been able to study for the last four days.  

I listen to my PMBR, Sum and Substance and Gilberts tapes when I get the chance but that is becoming increasingly rare.  I will have to study twice as hard on Saturday but I have learned that I get more out of covering one subject per day at about 3 hours per subject.

I am looking for ideas for time management.  Any help will be appreciated.



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Re: Study Schedule
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2003, 02:47:15 PM »

I totally relate to finding it difficult staying on point with a regular study schedule.  Most DL students face this dilemma of balancing intensive legal study with a full-time work/family/household schedule.  It is due to these factors that we are studying law as DL students instead of at brick and mortar institutions.

Like you, I try to study during my lunch hour.  I read two or three chapters and four -five cases per night.  Case briefing is pretty much out the window; it takes up too much time and besides I have become quite good at issue spotting and I am getting a better grasp of the rules and how it applies to the issues.

I also take my Emanual outlines and my flash cards with me wherever I go.  This way I am always studying the legal rules even when I am waiting in line or at the doctor's office.

Hope this helps and you eventually find your study niche.




Re: Study Schedule
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2003, 09:04:26 AM »
It sounds like you have the determination and the ability to make it!  All you need is more time, as you said.  Can you request your family to leave you alone for a couple of hrs a night?  Maybe, cut out the TV (assuming you haven't).  If you really want it, you can do it.  That alone will often get you through mounds of work.  Also, perhaps you are trying to do too well in law school?  You need not get straight A's.  Remember, all you need to do is pass the bar.    

Also, is anyone out there obtaining a DL J.D., but not pursuing the bar (i.e non-bar)?  What sort of opportunities are available for those people after DL law school?