First Year Classes: What to expect

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Hi 1Ls!!!

One thing that really, really bothered me when I was preparing for law school is that no one would give me an idea of what it is like to be an actual law student. When I asked the 2Ls how long they spent reading every night, I would get answers like "it depends" or "well, everyone is different."

Yes, everyone is different, and yes, it really will depend. It will depend on how many pages your professor assigns, and whether or not you are a really good reader, and how many times you check facebook (here's a hint: the more you check it, the longer homework will take you). But, in the interest of getting you prepared and letting you know what to expect, here are my general experiences:

  1. You will be actually in class for about 15 hours a week.
  2. You will not be able to choose your class schedule.
  3. You will be assigned to a "college". All of your classes will be with the other people in your college. One of your classes (you don't get to choose which) will be broken up into a smaller section.
  4. Most of your classes will start after 9 am, and will end before 5 pm.
  5. Most of your classes are an hour and 10 minutes long.
  6. Each class will probably assign about 45 pages to read a week.
  7. Expect to spend about 4-5 hours reading each (week) night, outside of class.
  8. Most of your homework will be in the form of reading casebooks. You will probably have a few problems assigned over the course of the semester, to help you tease out the finer points in difficult subjects.
  9. Keep in mind that chances are that you won't have any exams until December. (Very few classes do mid-terms). Several classes provide optional midterms, which you can take and then discuss with your professor to check your understanding of the material.

Posted by Erin Edwards on Tue. March 29, 2011 2:12 PM
Categories: Academics

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