Congratulations! You have survived your first year of law school. Now you are faced with two years of slightly less stressful daily assignments and some flexibility in choosing your own classes.

          With this newly-found freedom comes a big choice. You could do what most students do by picking the easiest classes available and enjoying the extra free-time, all while depending on a future bar prep course to teach them how to pass the Bar Exam. This is not the ideal choice, but neither is taking the hardest possible schedule and loading yourself down with extra classes; three years of such a life could drive you crazy. I suggest you find happiness and success through moderation, and these suggestions could help:


Summer Classes:
         If your school offers summer courses, I highly suggest taking at least one per summer. A summer course allows you to take a more difficult course without the distractions of other classes. Or alternatively, you could take more than one less difficult courses aimed at the Bar Exam or your field of choice. Doing this will open up your remaining semesters for the time or classes that you really need. All it takes is a little pre-planning and you can make it work.


Balance Your Schedule:
          Using Summer classes strategically, as mentioned above, can help you balance your last four full semesters, which will increase your enjoyment of life and school many times over. But even if you do not take summer courses, you can still use the same techniques to pre-plan and arrange your classes so that the most difficult ones will be spread evenly. Personally, I messed up my scheduling and was forced to take four extremely tough classes during my last year of law school; it was horrible. During that year I no free time and I was unable to devote proper attention to the rest of my classes, by the time I graduated and began studying for the Bar, I was burned out. Don't let that happen to you.


Decrease the Bar-Prep Stress:
          After you graduate, you will be looking at an intense few months of studying for the Bar Exam and minimal social interaction. The tips in this article can help you balance out those months as well.

          When taking a class on a subject tested by the Bar Exam, learn that subject in-depth and come away with a good outline, made by you, of the subject. This way, by the time Bar-Prep rolls around, you will have a good grasp on the subject and will possess an outline that will make a great base for your own condensed Bar-Prep outline (the ones you will receive from the prep-course are too massive to be of much help after you read them once, there simply isn't enough time.

          Note: If you read many articles on this site, you will find that I highly encourage you to build your own outlines. The process of perfecting an outline of your own creation before your final exams and before the Bar Exam is extremely useful for memorization purposes as well as getting a grasp on complicated subjects. I credit my success in law school and my passing the Bar Exam on this technique, but I digress.



          Without moderation in your school and personal life, you could burn out. By moderating your class schedule and bar exam preparation, you will be less cramped for time and will learn more. This moderation will also allow you the time for relaxation that you will so dearly need. With just a little preparation, you can maximize your education and enjoyment, throughout law school and beyond.