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Fragility or courage? The state of law students today

June 04, 2019

I had a conversation earlier this month with a former director of a state bar Lawyers Assistance Program. This person shared that during regular meetings with the LAP, administrators at law schools in the state often complained, “Students today are just so fragile.” But

Spring Break

Wellness reminder: Keep the 'break' in spring break

March 14, 2019

My fellow law students — congratulations on making it to Spring Break 2019!! Whether you’re a first-year wondering how you’re still surviving or a third-year realizing that you’re just under five months away from taking the bar exam (sorry to bring it up), I wanted to check in

Resilience

How to rewire your brain to be more resilient in your legal career

October 12, 2018

In this webinar – "Rewiring Your Brain for Stress Resilience" with Jennifer Riggs, a neuroscience coach, speaker, and former lawyer – you will learn: how stress affects the brain; how we can change the brain; how common coping strategies do not serve; and what strategies we can use instead to improve our brain’s stress resilience.

My Little Panic Attack

Your panic attack and you: A user's guide

October 12, 2018

It was 2:30 in the morning on a Tuesday late last November, and there were seven people in my bedroom. For some people, that might be the beginning or end of a great evening. But this bedroom ensemble included two cops, two paramedics, a medic trainee, my wife – and in

Hydra

Mental health and wellness: Not the same, but equally important

October 11, 2018

It still bothers me how many “mental health” initiatives in fact focus on wellness as the main or only theme. The real truth is that while mental health and wellness are in fact both important to having a healthy mind overall, the two are totally separate concepts that could stand to be addressed as such.

Transgender student

5 tips for transgender law students

October 11, 2018

Law school is a unique experience, but it is also incredibly stressful. For some transgender law students, school is more complex than just going to class and studying for finals. Some trans people, such as myself, deal with high levels of stress and anxiety in daily life aside from the struggles of law school.

Happiness

Six strategies for law school happiness

October 10, 2018

There are many sources of law school unhappiness, from the massive loans to the high-stakes exams.  Some of this is structural; you can’t do anything about it.  But there are changes you can make to improve your law school life—not only to survive, but to thrive while you’re there. 

Mental Health Support

Navigating your mental health in law school and in your legal career

October 10, 2018

Hey you! Yes, you reading this. We need to have a little chat. Did you know that those who work in the legal profession have the 11th highest suicide rate, according to a 2016 study done by the Center for Disease Control? In fact, women in law experience

hang-in-there

If you’re happy and you know it, go to law school

October 09, 2018

After a quick google search of “mental health and law school,” I found an endless list of articles discussing how intensely the problems of mental health affect law students. This is crucial to raising mental-health awareness; the problems faced by law students are important to talk about. But being in law school myself, I was wondering if some people might need reassurance about how law school can sometimes make us… happy! I

Get Help

Seek your strength in seeking help – whatever the problem is

October 08, 2018

Whatever coping mechanisms we learn and practice as law students will remain with us as we practice law. Law school is the perfect time to learn how to treat our bodies and our minds in healthy ways so we can be helpful and active members of this esteemed profession.

Unicorns

Who asked Ali? Unsolicited, unrefined 1L advice from your Mental Health Coordinator

August 28, 2018

This summer, I had a chance to look back on my 1L year. I thought about things I wish I had really understood as I rode the wild rollercoaster of my first year of law school. So, I’m going to share with you some of those lessons learned, despite the fact that, before and during 1L year, I read many lists like the one I am about to provide, and I did what you were just about to do and skimmed the bolded headers.

Well Being Toolkit

Well-being toolkit is a helpful guide for lawyers and law students

March 29, 2018

Anne Brafford, JD and editor-in-chief of Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, has developed a Well-Being Tool Kit for the Legal Profession, available here. This free, practical toolkit offers many helpful resources for lawyers and law students seeking to improve

MOLAP

Mizzou law student brings greater awareness to mental health, substance recovery

March 29, 2018

In 2014, a Survey of Law Student Well-Being found that nearly one in four of participating law students screened positive for anxiety and 17 percent screened positive for depression. Additionally, 6 percent reported thinking about suicide within in the last 12 months. One in five reported binge drinking twice in