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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

Law-School-Stress

How to deal with law school stress in healthy ways

March 28, 2018

Law students will be the first to tell you: law school is stressful. It’s competitive, expectations are high, and there’s a lot to do and only so many hours to do it. Now, stress can be a good thing sometimes. But too much stress—especially the long-lasting kind—is not so good. So what should you do?

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."

Twitter-Wellness

Join us for a Twitter chat on Law Student Wellness on Mental Health Day

March 26, 2018

Students face countless issues and stressors as they transition both into law school and ultimately from law school into the profession. Some students will seek assistance when issues and pressures mount, while others will attempt to go it alone. In recognition of National Mental Health Day for law schools, this

Mental Health Podcast

Maintaining Mental Health at Law School – a Law Student Podcast

March 19, 2018

It can be hard to maintain mental wellness as a law student because of established stigmas and a lack of available resources. But, because wellness helps with success, students are taking action to change how law schools approach this subject. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Caitlin Peterson talks to

Climbing

Wellness: A truly worthy law school goal

March 01, 2018

This issue of Student Lawyer is dedicated to the idea of wellness—the proper balance of mental, physical, and emotional health. It seems a particularly important topic for law students and future lawyers to consider since our profession leaves us famously unwell. Young associates at law firms report being dramatically overworked, and

Elizabeth Schultz

A time for class, a time for grief: Dealing with loss in law school

January 30, 2018

Please don’t be afraid of missing out on school or notes. You can catch up, you can ask for help, and no one will punish you for taking time to grieve. No matter what, never be afraid to ask for help, put your pencils down and allow yourself to just breathe.

Knitting

Knitting – it's a law school hobby that will stick with you

January 17, 2018

There are countless law school survival guides filled with good advice for making it through with a minimum of stress. They tend to repeat the same ideas – treat school like a job, get enough sleep, keep exercising. Those are all well and good, but I’d like to add an unexpected

Money

Be an asset to your law firm's bottom line from day one

November 02, 2017

Your first job out of law school can be exhilarating and terrifying. You’ll likely be making more money than you ever have before, but the pressure to perform will also be unprecedented. One of the areas where you may find yourself off balance is in dealing with firm finances. Unfortunately, few

Tijuana Barnes

What to do when tragedy strikes during law school

October 30, 2017

Tijuana Barnes, Vice Chair of the ABA Law Student Division, learned her sister Danielle had been shot on Sept. 13. Danielle died the next day. Tijuana writes about how she dealt with the tragedy.

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

St. Mary's Wellness Week

How they celebrated Wellness Week in San Antonio

April 24, 2017

Ah, Spring. The time of year when the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the impending doom of finals is right around the corner. Luckily, for the students of the St. Mary’s University School of Law, the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Health and Wellness Association (HAWA)

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