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Author: Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy

Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy Jeffrey Fortgang is a psychologist and alcohol and drug counselor, and Shawn Healy is a clinical psychologist. Both work at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Massachusetts, the only confidential counseling and referral resource for Massachusetts law students, lawyers, and judges and their families. They are co-authors of The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression.

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You’re right: Law school stress is different – but it doesn't have to be debilitating

March 01, 2018

Depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug-related impairment occur at much higher rates among lawyers and law students than in the general population, according to various studies over the past few decades. You might think the explanation is that people prone to stress and its effects are especially drawn to a career in the law. But that’s not what the research seems to show.

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Law school stress: It's not about you, and it's all about you

February 27, 2018

Do you ever have the thought that if you had known what law school was like prior to starting - truly knew what it was like - you might have chosen to become a professional bee keeper instead?  There are many experiences in life that you cannot fully understand prior to living them. Law school is one of those.