It’s been said many times and it will be repeated many times: Law school is a huge commitment. I left my job to dedicate a huge portion of my schedule to law school prior to entering, but I seriously underestimated the shift in my schedule and priorities.
Succeeding in law school requires you to make it your priority. It should feel different. Your family, friends, significant other and work (shouldn’t really exist… a job in law school is a bad idea) will be neglected.
I’ve started to get a little pushback from my family and friends but I’ve made it a point to let them know I have schedule constraints now. Luckily, I’ve had some back up and there’s been for the most part understanding of my commitment.
As far as a job goes, while I love the idea of making money, having enough time to study and relax will set the tone for my options later in my legal career. 1L opens and closes a lot of doors. I did choose to keep one job that will have me teaching for 4 hours per week doing something I love. The other options would cut too much into my schedule and had to end. In the past, I’d have continued to stretch myself and try to make others happy. After 5 years in the workforce, I’ve learned how to say no and I encourage anyone going into law school or with too little time to do the same. Law School is a time to be a little selfish and focus on yourself and your future. There are several people that are working 20 hours a week here and it’s clearly cutting into their time for self care and their school performance. It’s just not worth the risk.
Advice from a 1L, be ready to make changes and let other people around know that things will be changing…eventually for the better.
Forward and Onward,