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Hushed Voices

Getting to the other side of mental health in the legal profession

October 08, 2020

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,

The Science of Well Being

Eureka! Discovering the science of well-being for lawyers

February 20, 2020

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

Wellness

Why a week of wellness isn’t well enough

October 07, 2019

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

The belief system: How to do anything you want

June 18, 2019

Have you ever had an instance where you texted your significant other on an early afternoon asking what he or she wanted to eat for dinner? And then, crickets. Let’s call your significant other “Jamie.” You think to yourself, “This is odd. I am totally not a control

Mirror

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

Exercising Students

Simple steps for taking care of your body, even in law school

April 05, 2019

With all the stresses of law school, your physical wellbeing might not get much attention. Here are some tips for taking care of your body while you’re in the thick of the law school grind: Start small to form a habit Ashley

Spring Break

Wellness reminder: Keep the 'break' in Spring Break or Thanksgiving Break

March 14, 2019

My fellow law students — congratulations on making it to your semester break. Whether it's your Spring Break or Thanksgiving Break, 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

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

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?

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.

Why I walk: Staying healthy both mentally and physically

March 01, 2018

I’d always been a voracious reader, plowing through volumes of both literature and non-fiction—even during the three intensive years I spent in law school—so I felt I was well on my way to achieving the second prong of the Cervantes quote. Being a person who walks far was a different story.

14 apps that can help you improve your well-being

March 01, 2018

We lawyers can be externally focused, constantly worrying and thinking about our clients and their cases and neglecting our own well-being. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to care for your well-being thanks to apps and other online programs. So the next time you catch yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, give one of these apps a try instead.

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