Blog Entry 88
September 18th, 2010
When I tell people that I only have class three days a week, they conjure up images of a life of leisure…which couldn’t be further from the truth.
This week was a stressful week. I had the usual amount of reading this week plus interviews; this in and of itself is stressful. Add to that the fact that people seem to have forgotten how to drive this week, which means that I was dealing with heavy traffic all week for seemingly no reason at all, and the fact that my allergies got really bad and now I seem to be developing a cold…and it was just a rough week.
I’m oh so thankful for the weekend. Unlike last week, where I ended up stuck at school most of the day on Friday working on law review source checking (with pretty much all of the other 2L law review members…), I didn’t have anything going on yesterday, so I was able to relax and just let my immune system catch up. I have plenty of homework to do this weekend, but no scheduled anything. I’m hoping to keep it this way and be blissfully free to catch up on homework, catch up on sleep, and reenergize for next week.
Reading. As a law student, you will find yourself reading more than you ever thought possible. I thought it might be beneficial for me to post my reading/homework assignments for my classes this week to give you some perspective. (I don’t do this to scare you; I’m a second year student, and it takes awhile to work up to this amount of reading. I just think it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into…) This past week, for my Advanced Advocacy class, I read probably about 20 pages of easy reading for class, and then I have a mini research assignment due by Sunday at 5pm (one of those things that probably won’t take too long once I actually sit down and work on it). For Alternative Dispute Resolution, I had 76 pages of reading for the week, also very easy and straightforward stuff. Criminal procedure meets twice during the week, and that was a total of 95 pages of more intense reading. My evidence class usually meets twice, but one of our classes was cancelled, so although we had only 36 pages of reading this week, it’s usually double that, and that reading is far from a cakewalk. (Do people even know what cakewalks are anymore? I find them a delightful concept, but I fear that they’re a dying tradition.)
People often wonder how they should prepare for law school, and I think some of the best advice I can give is to read difficult stuff. Find current event articles that require you to think critically, read more historical literature to get yourself used to reading old English (you’ll thank me when you get to Contracts…), whatever it takes to get yourself used to digesting large amounts of information as quickly as possible, while actually being able to understand and retain the information.