A day in the Life of an Early-Rising 2L

I did a “day in the life” post last year, and I think it’s time I do it again 2L year! If you were to look back over my posts from this time last year, I was gearing up for the crazy schedule the Follies cast faces between tomorrow (the first day of classes) and their performance in 6 weeks (ish). This year I’ll be helping out the follies as the stage manager, so I’ll only have about a week and a half of their crazy schedule instead of 6 whole weeks. Still, I have a lot on my plate.

There’s a saying, (which I promise, you will hear over and over as a law student,) “the first year they scare you to death, the second year they work you to death, and the third year they bore you to death.” Well, the first year I was certainly a ball of nerves, but I also worked really, really hard. This year, I’m less nervous but I do have my journal responsibilities as well as my role on the board of the Health Law Association in addition to my course work so there is (STILL) a lot of work. In addition I’m applying to go on a pro bono trip to Portland, Maine this spring break, and I’m getting trained as a basic tax preparer so I can volunteer for the Boston EITC Coalition during tax time. In sum I think the ‘they X you to death” formulation is a little too simplistic, but it does point in roughly the right direction – this year is a lot of work!

Without further ado, my schedule this week looks like this:

Sunrise

Monday:

  • 6:30 wake up
  • 7:00 sunrise cycle class (at the BU gym)
  • 9:00 Tax of Financial Instruments
  • 10:40 Evidence
  • 12:40 do Tuesday HW
  • 2:30 Professional Responsibility
  • 4:00 + Do Tuesday HW
  • 10:00 “stop working now” alarm goes off
  • 10:30 go to bed

Tuesday

  • 6:30 wake up
  • 9:00 stability ball conditioning class
  • 10:40 International Trade Regulation (I’m on the wait list, so I need to go to the first class to see if I can get in. If I don’t, then I’ll take Int’l Legal Research on Thursdays as an alternative to this class.)
  • 1:00 Health Law Association Board Meeting
  • 2:00 + do Wednesday homework
  • 10:00 “stop working now” alarm goes off
  • 10:30 go to bed

Wednesday

  • 6:30 wake up
  • 7:00 sunrise cycle class
  • 9:00 Tax of Financial Assets
  • 10:40 Evidence
  • 12:40 no-task lunch!
  • 2:30 Professional Responsibility
  • 4:00+ Thursday hw
  • 10:00 “stop working now” alarm goes off
  • 10:30 go to bed

Thursday

  • 6:30 wake up
  • 9:00 stability ball conditioning class
  • 10:40 International Legal Research (I won’t have this again next week if I get into Int’l Trade)
  • 12:40 +Monday homework
  • 10:00 “stop working now” alarm goes off
  • 10:30 go to bed

Friday

  • 6:30 wake up
  • 9:30 phone conference with a mentor
  • 10:30 work on note (20 pages due next Monday!)
  • 3:00 – 4:30 Int’l Law Journal Symposium

Saturday

  • AM: work on note
  • PM: Rob visits!

Sunday

  • AM: Rob is here!
  • PM: Work on Note

A note: I like being a morning person, but the only way to wake up at 6:30am and not feel groggy is to do it every day and to go to bed on time. This is why I wake up at 6:30am even when I don’t have class until 9:00am. PLENTY of law students do not wake up at 6:30 and do sunrise cycle, nor do they have nighttime “stop working now” alarms. It works for me so I do it.

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