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University of Louisville Law Review

ARTICLE: PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH IN LAW SCHOOL: WHAT LAW SCHOOLS CAN DO FOR LAW STUDENTS TO HELP THEM BECOME HAPPY, MENTALLY HEALTHY LAWYERS

Fall, 2009

University of Louisville Law Review

48 U. Louisville L. Rev. 95

Author

Jennifer Jolly-Ryan*

Excerpt



I. Introduction



In any classroom, at any law school, one will find at least some unhappy, stressed-out law students sitting in the chairs. Law students' unhappiness and stress affects their academic performance, their personal relationships, and their lives. Once they graduate from law school, it can have a devastating effect on their careers.



Some law students cope with their unhappiness and stress by abusing alcohol or drugs. Their mental health suffers. During any law school year, most law students struggle to maintain their mental health, at some point struggling to "strike a balance in life," socially, spiritually, physically, economically, or intellectually. 1



The severity of law students' troubles-and how they cope with it-varies. Some law students do not cope well. Their troubles result in mental disorders, substance abuse, substance addiction, or at least general unhappiness or stress. Sometimes law students need help dealing with their troubles. Law schools are in a position to deliver the help.



During the rigors of law school, students need good counseling, mentors, support, and other help to maintain a healthy balance in their lives. 2 Law schools need to ensure that law students have the tools and the time to maintain a healthy balance in their lives and cope with stress. 3 Perhaps most of all, law school deans, administrators, and professors-as members of a noble, busy profession, who need mental balance and happiness in their own lives-need to serve as good role models for their ...
 
 
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