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Work, class, work, study..What’s next?

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

These 10 words, typed over and over on Jack’s typewriter in “The Shining,” a classic psychological horror movie from 1980, could just as easily be found on any law school student’s laptop–so long as his name is Jack.

In and of itself, law school is a lot of work. But add a job into the mix, and well, it’s enough to make even the most well-balanced students descend into madness.

There’s a reason the American Bar Association only allows full-time law school students to work 20 hours a week (part-time students can work as much as they want). The ABA knows how difficult and demanding law school is, and they know that students who are enrolled full time and working are more likely to burn out, perform poorly, quit or go nuts. None of which represents the industry very well.

So they allow you to work 20 hours a week. Hey, how stressful can that be, right? It’s only 20 hours–on top of all the hours you spend in class, reading, researching, briefing cases, trying to network and get involved with law review, clinics or externships.

It can be plenty stressful–enough to make you burn out, perform poorly, quit or go nuts. Even at 20 hours a week.

So here’s what you do: You treat law school like a military mission, work like a job and your free time like gold:

Turn law school into a mission
It can be tempting to do the bare minimum to get through law school–sit in the back of class and try to go unnoticed, put off assignments until the last minute, cram for exams, etc.

Don’t do it. Prepare for everything. Plan your work and work your plan. Give 110 percent. Throw in any other cliché you’d like here and go with it, because being as prepared as a Navy Seal will help keep you sane.

Work like it’s just a job
Put your time in like George Costanza. Just do the job. Nothing more, nothing less. In a few months or years it won’t matter anyway.

Treat free time like gold    
If you don’t make sure to make time for free time, you never will. You’ll work and study and study and work. And possibly go nuts.

So make time for fun. Put it on your calendar–and then do it.


This article was written by FindMyLawTutor.com.

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