Erm. Yes and no. In the UK, there's a difference between academic law school and professional law school. During my undergraduate studies I studied for my LLB. The jump from A-Level studies to LLB studies aged 18 was intense. Uni studies are hard to understand, no one chases you for essays, attendance or studying. Do, or do not, and of your own damn initiative to boot! So I took more responsibility after failing my mid-terms. Get your reading done. I ensured I did the reading in subjects I found boring first. My notes clearest in these modules, and that I engaged with them most. I also followed a system of readings.For you guys who've been through the meat grinder that is professional school, I'm curious about the following questions:
1) Did you change up your study habits to accommodate all the info you had to study in such a short time frame?
Why has the tutor asked these questions?
How does the passage answer them?
To what extent? Etc.
I looked at exam papers early on, identified important topics and knew them thoroughly for exam purposes and picked as many research paper options as possible.
Bar School isn't hard. The workload is INSANE. I learned how to function off 3 hours a night. For court (even fake court) know your papers. Tab them properly and highlight every key strength and weakness of your argument. Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. That is all.
As for my LLM and PhD. These were research heavy and I was in my element. So juggling work and research was second nature by then.
Just an appointment book with deadlines listed in it. Schedules? Not so much.2) Did you use a special planner book or app to organize your daily schedule? If so, what did you use?
E.g. 13 May:4) Could you post a sample daily and weekly schedule, if you used such a thing?
0900 - Croydon Magistrates' Court - 1st app. - crime unknown.
1400 - Hunt J - reserved judgment. Verdict. CALL CLERKS.
1800 - Dinner @ Inner Temple - Stark J in attendance.
2359 - DEADLINE: Gender, Sexuality and Criminal Justice @ TurnItIn.
Yes. Social life mostly with fellow Bar School attendees. They all have similarly punishing days and so there's a great camaraderie. Plus my uni friends are the best. I made time for them for sanity's sake and vice versa. I also dated around. But more FWBs than dates per se during this period. It was just simpler that way. Fewer arguments about my lack of spare time that way.5) Did you have a social/dating life, or did you find it too emotionally distracting?
No. I lost weight from quick lunches at my desk. Excess coffee intake, and I smoked like a chimney from the stress in Bar School. Finding better coping strategies in the professional world. Comfort eating is more a breakup/why am I so unloved?! habit for me hahahaha.6) Did you gain weight due to stress eating?