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
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.
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
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, 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.
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
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)
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
Some days, you win the fight with depression. Some days, you lose. It's a lesson many law students and attorneys have learned and live with daily. I've never been either, and it's one I deal with daily. And traditionally, humor has been my coping mechanism of choice. A few weeks ago, Chris Grady, the
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
It’s increasingly important we’re pro-active and focus on our own self-care and mental wellness.The most important factor in doing so is knowing when to get help.
Pepperdine University School of Law recently hosted the Access to Justice for Veterans: Coordinated Responses of a Grateful Nation conference. The conference featured keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a special screening of the film “Thank You for Your Service.” Both the presenters and attendees
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
I graduated from University at Buffalo in 2003. It seems like both forever ago and also like a blink of an eye. I’ve learned a lot over the past 13 years and I have battle scars to prove it. However, many of those scars were unnecessary and could’ve been avoided
We all deal with the stress of law school in different ways. Some students wear it as a "badge of honor" or a "rite of passage," some joke about it with their friends and others quietly accept it. A surprising few, however, look at their mental state as a serious issue.
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
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
Watch the video of our latest Google Hangout, "Mindfulness Meditation: Managing Stress and Shifting from Surviving to Thriving." The host, Cory Muscara of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, shared the evidence-based practice of mindfulness meditation. Here's the event's summary: Lawyers rank among the most anxious, depressed, and suicidal professional. It is essential that they
This is a Mental Health Day post. Even though it starts with a photo of a pile of puppies, one of which is in a bee costume. Stay with me. This will all make sense in the end. We've been talking this week about mental health. And while March 28 was the
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.
So you've been following our Mental Health Day content for the past two days. Now you think it's time for you to make a difference. Well, we've got two great opportunities for you to get involved through the Law Student Division.
We need to change the way society, especially members of the legal profession, think about mental health. We need law students to seek help for emotional and mental health concerns in the same way they do for physical health concerns. One way to encourage law students to do just that is to make sure that law students know where they can go to get help for themselves or someone else.
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.
In September of last year, I celebrated three years of sobriety. I never dreamed of going to law school, and I certainly never dreamed of a day where I could do the former sober.
Once again this March, Screening for Mental Health will partner with the Dave Nee Foundation and the American Bar Association Law Student Division to raise awareness for Law Student Mental Health Day, today, March 28, 2016, and offer the important mental health-screening tool to law students across the country. It is our hope that this year we can screen 10,000 law students.