Law students begin to carry the weight of the profession on the very first day and will continue carrying it throughout their careers.
I suffer from depression and have had instances of suicidal thoughts. I’ve had to live with those challenges since I was a young child. Fortunately, I’m alive today, doing well, and as happy as I’ve ever been. But the journey to where I am today hasn’t always been
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are approaching, but with final exams on the horizon, you might be feeling anything but grateful. The idea of taking time off to fly or drive home to cook and “enjoy” a long meal with family—particularly if Thanksgiving falls during the law school’s reading
Join Derek Brainard, MBA, AFC®, CRPC® from nonprofit AccessLex Institute, as he discusses why your financial health is just as important as your physical and mental health. The Virtual Office Hours series connects you with experts to help you thrive as a law student
Each year the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA CoLAP Law School Committee partner on the national Mental Health Day Program. This initiative is intended to spotlight the critical importance of our own well-being, and specific strategies to protect our well-being in law school and in
This week I've received messages from law students who just started their summer legal internships. What's keeping them up at night? Impostor syndrome. So, let's talk about it. Where did this come from? I am no
Mental health problems have long been a prevalent issue amongst both law students and practicing lawyers, but have things gotten better as the profession has sought to increase awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding these concerns? Meg Steenburgh welcomes Patrick Krill for a broad discussion on legal field
Most of the law students reading this are attending accredited law schools. But very few of us know what accreditation means. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal
We are here to support you while you study for the bar exam. During this challenging time, we want to encourage you to take care of yourselves and continue to focus on all aspects of your well-being. Your physical and emotional health are critical to your success in life…and on the bar exam.
It’s hard to deny we all spend to much time on our phones. Texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Candy Crush, the latest game….the number of hours we spend staring at that little device is frankly embarrassing. It turns out, spending excessive time on our devices is more than
Professor Rhonda Magee, author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, talks with the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs in this Mental Health Day webinar. Prof. Magee is a
As ABA Law Student Mental Health Day comes to us yet again, a journal entry by a 2L in my Legal Profession class offers hope: All of my friends, siblings, and peers talk about mental health. We have all been affected. We are unfiltered, empathetic,
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Lawyer well-being and wellness is more than just a theory. There is a whole science underlying the benefits of increasing lawyer effectiveness by encouraging wellness, well-being and implementation of personal and systemic strategies. It’s quantum physics. Seriously. Quantum physics is the study of how the universe works. It explains how
I’ve recently learned of an amazing trick that can help law students improve every aspect of their law school experience – from preparing for class, to memorizing case names, to studying for exams, to handling stress. And it’s absolutely free. So what is this amazing, no-cost, pharmaceutical-free trick? Sleep.
Join the ABA Law Student Division and CoLAP in supporting mental health awareness in the legal profession. You can buy a t-shirt or hoodie with our contest-winning design to raise awareness for the mental health of lawyers and law students across the country. Each comes in a variety of colors, and all proceeds benefit the ABA Commission for Legal Assistance Programs.
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is working to remove the questions about mental health from the Character and Fitness examination to join the bar. I was part of the NYSBA Working Group on Mental Health that determined that the questions had an adverse impact on law school students.
“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.”—Arthur Fleck, "Joker" Shockingly, I found some time in my 2L schedule to see “Joker” over the weekend. It’s a gritty commentary on society,
As a first-generation lawyer, I really didn’t know what to expect from the practice of law. I wasn’t prepared for the pressure and the stress, and I didn’t know how to overcome the need for perfection and validation that I’d inadvertently nurtured through a lifetime focused on academic performance.
August 2018, on a late Thursday afternoon, I received a call asking me if I was available to come up and meet with a chief assistant state attorney. I was an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida, handling mental health cases, so these requests were common. I
You’re on the path to join a profession in which you will spend most of your life advocating for others. But if you hope to be an effective advocate for others, you must first learn to be an advocate for yourself. Today, on Law
Law students, law schools lead efforts to remove mental health questions from Character & Fitness equation
For decades, virtually every state required bar applicants to answer invasive questions about their mental health diagnoses. In 2014, the Survey of Law Student Well-Being revealed the effect of this practice: nearly half of all law students were dissuaded from seeking mental health treatment for fear that such treatment would have negative
“Dear Ms. Leader, Thank you for your application. Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to offer…" Sound familiar? Some version of this email has started to grace my inbox as frequently as the latest J. Crew discount code or law school lunch talk
If you have ever picked up a free banana smoothie or granola bar from your law school’s wellness week booths, you are not alone. Free food is great, and law schools do seem to care more about wellness than they used to, but I still find myself asking: how
October is Mental Health Awareness Month, and World Mental Health Day is October 10. We observe this month and day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to increase support for wellness. This day is meant to provide an opportunity for all those affected to talk about