Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Day in the Life: Law Student Edition


When I'm trying to decide whether to get involved with something, such as a job, internship, or activity, I always want to know what the day to day life of doing that job is actually like. While I've written about a lot of the "big picture" stuff when it comes to law school, I've realized that I've never given a summary of what the daily life of a law student is. While there is some variation in the day-to-day life of most law students, or even some variation among my days, the vast majority is the same. So without further ado, here is a description of my day:

6:30 A.M. - Wake Up and Get Ready for the Day

Although the times that I wake up vary, I would say the average for me is around 6:30. Don't let this scare you though, I'm a morning person. I like having ample time to get ready for school and enjoy my day before the hustle and bustle starts. I wrote a post about being a morning person if you would like to learn how to become an early riser like myself!

During this time, I do my morning routine to get ready for school. Usually I have a quick breakfast while watching a short television episode or a few YouTube videos as a relaxing way to ease into my day. I can also use this time to do a little bit of cleaning before my day begins if I have extra time. As a rule, I don't leave my house without making my bed. So having ample time in the morning ensures that I can get all of the stuff I want done.

8:00-8:15 A.M. - Drive to School

Self-explanatory. However, I do live in a college town, which means everyone goes to the same place at the same time, so traffic can be atrocious. Thus, I have to plan for extra time on my drive, just in case traffic delays me.

8:15-8:45 A.M. - Get Organized for the Day

When I first arrive at school, I'll gather my books, materials, and whatever else I need for the day. I also put my coat in my locke12:30r, drop my lunch box in the fridge, and check my school mailbox. Then I'll take the time to write out a to-do list for my day. Basically, this time at the beginning of my day is setting myself up for success in the rest of my day.

8:45-11:00 A.M. - Volunteering/Study Time

Twice a week I volunteer for two hours in the morning at my university's Tax Assistance Program for international students. This is so excellent because I get a great experience, get involved on campus, and learn something different than what I would learn in class. I still have a lot of downtime during my volunteer time, so I can usually get a bit of studying done too. It's a win-win situation.

If I'm not volunteering, I spend this time in the library. I'll study, do my readings, or work on assignments. When I was looking for a job, I used a lot of this time to send out resumes, respond to emails, and even did a phone interview or two. Basically, mornings are my work time.

11:15 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. - Class

You know the drill here.

12:30-2:00 P.M. - Study Time

At this time I go back to the library for more study time, which consists of the same things I do during my morning study time. I also usually use this time to visit professors in office hours if needed.

Along with study time, once a week I have therapy from 1:00-2:00 that also falls within this time, so I lose an hour of study time one day out of the week.

2:00-2:30 P.M. - Lunch

You might notice that I take my lunch break a little late. Most students take their lunch break at 12:30 when we get out of class. This means that a lot of the tables are full, there's always a long line for the microwave, and our eating areas get very loud. I like my lunch to be a bit more relaxing, so I take mine late so that I can eat when it's quieter and less crowded.

2:30-4:25 P.M. - Class

Again, you know the drill.

4:30-5:30 P.M. - Study Time/Meetings

I return to the library once more to get a bit more studying and reading done. I also frequently meet with my professors during these late afternoon hours. It seems that professors are almost always in their offices right at this time, because it's when they finish up work before going home. Sometime, if I've finished my to-do list for the day, I can head home right after class. But usually, I try to finish one more hour of work before leaving for the day.

5:30-6:30 P.M. - Errands

If I have any errands to run, such as going to the post office, grocery shopping, washing my car, or picking up a few things from Target, I make sure to do these right after class. That way, when I get home I can just stay home for the evening and not have to leave again. I almost always have something I need to do after class, and this is the perfect time.

6:30-7:00 P.M. - Cook and Eat Dinner

This is pretty self-explanatory.

7:00-9:30 P.M. - Relax!

These evening hours are my "me time." I like to watch TV, read, hang out with my roommates, or Skype with family and friends from back home. A lot of people go home and study in the evenings, but I like to create a good life/school balance, so I like to keep my evenings clear from school and just do things I enjoy.

9:30-10:00 P.M. - Get Ready for Bed

I like to go to bed early, so I like to start winding down pretty early as well. Before bed, I get everything ready for the next morning, from making sure my backpack is ready to laying out my clothes. I like to clean up a little bit as well, because I like waking up to a clean space. Of course, I brush my teeth, change for bed, and wash my face at the end of the day as well.

10:00 P.M. - Go to Bed!

Yes, I go to bed very early. I usually fall asleep watching TV, but I am almost always asleep within an hour so that I can wake up early and do it all over again the next day! 

The day might be pretty boring, but I swear the routine is what keeps me together. The reliable day-to-day lifestyle is something that really helps me do my best in school. Your daily routine may differ, but one thing that will probably remain the same is that it seems like you're always studying. Do your best to create some balance, and schedule some personal time like I do. Then, your daily life won't seem too bad!


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