Learning the law can be an exciting adventure, but it also can be stressful, as life does not stop while you are a law student. It is not unusual to have personal struggles, which can affect one’s studies, personal relationships, and health. These are an example of the issues you may face:
“I did not do very well my first year and can not figure out why. I was at the top of my class as an undergrad, but I can’t seem to deal with the competition and difficulty of law school. What’s wrong with me?”
“My boyfriend thinks I have really changed since law school. He feels cheated in terms of not having enough time with me and says I am not the happy-go-lucky person I used to be. He also finds my law school friends boring. I don’t know what to do.”
“Since coming to law school, I feel very depressed and anxious–even panicked about being called on in class. I’ve never felt this way before, but I’m afraid to go to the counseling center because I don’t want it to affect my bar application. What should I do?”
We urge you to call or email us at any time you feel you may have a problem. Our services are free and completely confidential. Because we have been working exclusively with law students, lawyers, judges, and their families for over 25 years, we understand your concerns about seeking help. We also understand the stresses unique to law school and the legal profession, and how those stresses can lead to serious personal, academic, and professional problems. Our experience working with law students has shown that the earlier you address a problem, the better the result.