September 29, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Law Student

managing your time in law school |

As a follow up to my post about how law school really isn't that bad, I thought I'd give a sample of what a typical day is like for me. 

*update* see my new daily schedule in my 2L Update: They Work You to Death post!


On Mondays and Wednesdays I go to class from 10:30- 3 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays it's a little longer from 8- 2. Both days I have long lunch lunch and I get Fridays off :) Here's my day for today:

7 AM
Get ready (I can get ready pretty fast because I'm simplistic on makeup)
Drive to class
Civ Pro
I get a 10 minute break at the hour so I pack breakfast to eat then
Always while I eat, I read The Skimm which is a daily email about what's going on in the world but simplified
This is also where I do any reading and notes for LRW because those are usually easy readings
During MW this is where I finish my readings for Torts and brief my cases because my lunch is from 11:30- 1:30
Legal Research and Writing
I try to do a small workout as soon as I get home to give me a break from law 
Read pages 140-154 for Contracts tomorrow 
Make, eat, clean up supper
Read pages 157-178 for Torts tomorrow 
Relax/watch TV
My readings take me so long to do so little because I read 10 pages and then watch 10 minutes of Netflix, and I also get bored and take phone breaks. I also space it out where I try to do my briefs right before class so that the information is fresh on my mind by the time I get there. You'll see that I actually have a lot of free time compared to how much reading I have to do.

law school reading list |


My weekends are mostly for chores: take out the trash and recycling, sweep and stiffer my entire apartment, dishes, and laundry. Again, I like to space out my readings because I can get burnt out when I try to marathon them. Right now my readings aren't too much so I take off almost all of Saturday to watch my alma mater play and get drunk. You gotta enjoy yourself. This was my last weekend. 

Read pages 123- 140 for Monday's Contracts
Read pages 137- 157 for Monday's Torts
Read pages 191- 206 for Tuesday's Civ Pro
Do briefs for what I read yesterday for Property
Time for football and beer :)
Read pages 144- 164 for Tuesday's Property
Update outline for Contracts - add highlights from book to notes
Same process for Torts - because I've already read for my Tuesday classes, I save updating those notes for Monday evening 

Time Management 

Law school has really made me mature in terms of managing my time. It's a lot easier to do a little every day instead of piling it all onto one day. I think part of what helped this is the necessity of having to read every single day. It also helps having a three day weekend so that I really have a lot of time to get myself organized. Honestly if it weren't for my planner I'd have a hard problem staying on top of this. 


  1. Thank you so much for posting! My husband starts law school this fall and I've been searching for a schedule to see what to expect. I work from home, so I knew law school would change our routine up. This helps ease my nerves so much!

    1. Hey Colbie! I'm glad my post could help :) Before I got into law school I was so scared that I wouldn't even had time to eat, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the readings are completely manageable. Good luck to your husband in the fall!



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