Anybody else working full-time while studying? I'm 6 months out of school and have decided to take the lsat to figure out if I will go to law school. I posted in this thread a while ago but work has since had me traveling for the last few weeks and I've been unable to begin studying. Anyway, I'd be interested to hear about others who are working 50+ hours a week and still studying to take the test in June. Right now I'm at a loss for when to get time to study outside of the weekends.
T-Account, I am in a similar position. I also graduated in May and I am currently working full-time. My situation is a bit different due to the fact that I have been studying since June, but I think we can help each other out. Here would be my suggestions:
-Although working full-time may seem like a disadvantage while preparing for the most important test of your life, you can't look at it that way. Working full-time helps to provide a buffer between you and the LSAT. Work will force you to take breaks between your study sessions, something that I feel is essential to achieving gains on the LSAT.
-Maintain a consistent schedule: Personally, I have been working between 2-4 hours a night and then putting in additional hours on the weekend. I make sure to take Fridays off to catch up with friends and have some semblance of a normal life. While I might not be able to put in five+ hours a day like others, working 2-4 hours a day over the course of six months adds up. This should be ample time.
-Keep work and studying separate: Not sure what line of work you are in, but early on in my studying I was tempted to try and squeeze studying in at work during lunch periods and work. I found this to be counterproductive. My studying felt rushed during these sort periods and trying to study did not give me the break from work that I needed. I would come home and feel as if all I did was study and work. This is a formula for burnout. Keeping your work and studying separate will help you dedicate your full attention to both of those aspects of your life.
Bottom line: There is a lot of time between now and June. You will probably need to change your life style a bit to accommodate both work and the LSAT. Find ways to maximize your time. Take care of work when you are at work, and take care of the LSAT when you are studying.
You should also take a look at this:http://www.top-law-schools.com/lsat-pre ... chool.html
Hope this was somewhat helpful. I am sure I will think of other suggestions and post. Best of luck!