Somewhere within the depths of the law library...
Law School takes up time. The time that isn't taken up by law school, I spend unwinding. I've found myself still focusing on some product-oriented tasks, getting bored and coding a few weekends has helped destress me.
But much of my time not spent at or related to law school is spent keeping in contact with friends and family in an effort not to alienate them, which was one of the big warnings we had coming into it.
As for the difficulty... that's a good question. I'm not finding a lot of the concepts particularly different to comprehend, except for Federal Civil Procedure, but Criminal Law, Torts, and Contracts are falling into line pretty well.
Exams are exactly a month out, so at this point I'm trying to distill my notes into attack plans. Two closed book exams, one open-book, and two take homes (one of which is this weekend!) My biggest challenge is just trying to store a semester's worth of information in my brain for each of the exams, which range in length from one and a half to five hours.
At this point, I've fallen fairly well into the legal style of writing. Gone are the days of whimsy where I was able to so eloquently make my point with various pieces of grandiose language and... well, filler. It has to be simple, precise, and direct. And everything, everything, has to be cited.
It's fun, though. I've made a ton of new friends, and it's interesting to be in a school where everyone is on an extremely high playing field of intelligence. At the same time, that's terrifying. Everything is curved, sharply. No more than 10% of people get an A, and 10% of people have to fail. And when everyone is as smart as you... it isn't just a matter of memorizing the material, it's a matter of taking that memorization, spotting the right issues, and articulating the rule of law and the application as quickly as possible so you can move on to your next argument.
I can do it, it's just going to take more time. So it'll be a bit before I can walk amongst you again.
Onwards and upwards...