Only two days after I officially received my J.D. (whoopee!), I started studying for the bar exam (boo!). I’m doing the standard study course, BAR/BRI. But the reason I’m posting right now is to ask you a question.
How much time do you put into your job?
I’m curious what your daily number of hours are (on average), as well as your average weekly hours. Especially if you are a paralegal or a lawyer, I’d love it if you would share in the comments.
And now to explain this crazy series of thoughts… My bar review course consists of video lectures we attend daily, for about 3 hours each morning. The common question is how much time we should be reading and studying on our own. According to the study course company, we should “treat it like a job.” They suggest we do an extra 7-9 hours per day plus 10 hours on the weekend. I’m no math genius, but doing their recommended minimum would be 60 hours of preparation per week. What job requires that?!
The easy answer is, of course, being a lawyer. It’s perfectly normal for associates in big firms to work 60-70 hour weeks, month after month. For those guys, go ahead and put in your 60 hours of studying every week.
For me, I’m going to a public interest organization with normal people hours. I’ll be there from 8 to 5 with an hour for lunch. Using my spiffy math skills, that means I’ll be doing 40 hour weeks. There will definitely be exceptions, but that will be the general rule.
So if I treat bar exam prep like my future job, I should spend an extra 25 hours per week studying, outside of the 15 hours of lectures. That’s about 3.5 hours per day. I’m liking my job already!!
But back to the real question – what are your working hours like? Are you an 8 to 5′er? Or do you pull closer to 60 hour weeks? Or maybe you’ve nailed down Tim’s 4-hour week. Let’s chat!
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