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Category: Mental Health Essentials



Test Stress

Test stress: This law school exam season, take care of yourself

December 10, 2018

In a recent article for The American Lawyer, Joanna Litt recounted the suicide of her husband. She attributed his death to the stresses of his law practice and of being a partner in big law. I saw this article posted at first by a single former law school

Full Weight of the Law

Learn how to deal with the Full Weight of the Law, starting in law school

March 27, 2018

Law students and lawyers experience much higher rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and alcoholism than the general public. These problems usually start, or escalate, in law school.  Drs. Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy, two psychologists with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Massachusetts, examined the various contributing factors, ways of recognizing distress, and suggestions for getting help and staying healthy in "The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression."

Two deans answer the law school wellness questions they hear the most

March 01, 2018

As deans of students with a long history of working on wellness initiatives, we’re here to share some advice on the resources and strategies available to you in this current era—and urge you to speak up and reach out. Here are 10 questions we hear often from worried students and the answers we provide.

Depresssion

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.

Mindsets

A growth mindset for law school success

September 12, 2017

Deciding to go to law school is a major life decision for most students, and it is one that (we hope) is carefully weighed and considered.  The financial, intellectual, and time commitment involved is a substantial undertaking.  Many students dismiss these challenges, assuming that acceptance into law school equates inherent

Mental Health Day 2016

More resources for Mental Health Day

March 28, 2017

If you're looking for more information and help with mental health issues, visit these links from the  ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: Webinars “Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers” “I’ve Got Your Back; You’ve Got My Ear: Suicide Prevention in the Legal Profession” “Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion

Mental Health Day

5 ways to make your campus more mental health friendly

March 28, 2017

According to a 2014 Survey of Law Student Well-Being, almost 90 percent of law students had a drink of alcohol in the last 30 days and more than 20 percent admitted to binge drinking in the past two weeks.  While lawyers and future lawyers alike focus on obtaining

Catch Your Breath

How to catch your breath and find perspective

September 26, 2016

Finding perspective on a day to day basis can be challenging. It can become very hard when we are pulled in so many directions, just getting through the pile of assignments, responsibilities and to-dos can leave one wondering on any given work day how its already punching out time. To top

Law Student Podcast

Podcast: Law School and Depression

April 20, 2016

Fact: 20% of lawyers suffer from depression, more than double that of the general population. Beyond that, 60,000 law students suffer from depression by the end of their second year. What resources are available for lawyers who find themselves battling the rigors of the profession and the struggles of depression? In

Growth Mindset Webinar

Webinar recap: Making The Grade With Growth Mindsets

April 15, 2016

The pressure of law school can make many law students feel so exhausted and uncertain that, regardless of how well they do academically, they still feel like failures or impostors. One way that science has found to enhance resilience is through the “growth mindset” framework. Research has linked the growth mindset

Stop Look Listen

Making a case for mindfulness and law student wellness

April 13, 2016

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., penned the phrase “Stop Look and Listen” as a life saving instruction for the driver and passengers of a car approaching a railroad track.  Holmes’ memorable phrase is sage advice across a range of circumstances and matters of consequence.  It is an important mindfulness reminder

The Human Race

Be mindful of the human side of law

March 30, 2016

After practicing for eight years, I have come to realize in a very profound manner than the practice of law is so much more than just the procedure and substantive law I learned in law school. At its core, it is an interwoven system made up of human beings.

The Pursuit of Happiness

How to pursue happiness at your school

March 28, 2016

There is a widespread level of alcohol use, substance abuse, and mental health issues in the legal profession that needs to be addressed at the beginning of every lawyer’s legal career while still in law school. The Pursuit of Happiness Club strives to do just this by reducing the stigma of mental health conversations while providing resources to students.

Stressed Out

Top 5 things every law student needs to survive (mentally)

February 23, 2016

Getting through law school is tough. You’ve got late nights, high-stress classes, competition among your peers, the looming law school curve, and that nagging fear that maybe you won’t find a job when this is all over. And let’s face it, the stress doesn’t end after graduation. I’m still dealing with it to this day! That’s why now is pretty much the perfect time to figure out what stress relievers work best for you.

law student shedding mental health stigma

Shedding the stigma of mental illness

April 01, 2015

By Sherry Karabin Two years ago, Whittier Law School student Rick Ma began experiencing severe episodes of anxiety and depression. At the time, he was in his second semester in law school and serving as the American Bar Association’s acting Ninth Circuit governor for the Law Student Division. “The biggest problem I was

Law student talking to therapist.

Character and Fitness: How to Handle Substance Abuse or Mental Illness

May 01, 2011

Law students and lawyers reveal how they overcame substance abuse and mental illness and offer advice on answering bar application questions on these personal issues. Christopher Gutschenritter knew he had a drinking problem. But he worried that if he sought treatment, it might jeopardize the work he had already completed at