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What You Should Do When You’re Concerned For A Lawyer (or Law Student)

What You Should Do When You’re Concerned for a Lawyer (or Law Student)

Your first question might be whether there really is a problem. Start with the warning signs below and you can have our help from there.


Our clinicians can help anyone — a colleague, family member, or friend — who is concerned for the well-being of a lawyer or law student in Massachusetts. Our services our confidential, and if you’re uncertain whether you’ve perceived a problem we can help with, our clinicians can help sort through your concerns.

Find out more about confidentiality and scheduling a time to talk with a clinician here.

(For Lawyer Assistance Outside of Massachusetts, Click Here.)

What signs might I see that a colleague is struggling with a problem? Changes in mood and/or behavior, such as:

What would be my most productive course of action? This depends on many factors, so we recommend you first:

  • Call LCL for a confidential discussion with a clinician to get more perspective on what you see and to develop a specific plan for approaching the individual;
  • Do not attempt to diagnose the individual yourself;
  • Remember the goal is to help, not to judge;
  • Refer the lawyer to LCL, or arrange to come in them; and
  • If the lawyer refuses, discuss alternative options with LCL clinician.

What will LCL do to help?

  • A licensed and highly experienced mental health clinician will carefully assess the situation;
  • Our clinician will develop a plan to address problems or to identify them further;
  • Our clinician will make a referral to appropriate helping resources;
  • In case of financial need, LCL can offer (limited) funding assistance to get further help;
  • Our clinician can consult as needed with colleagues, family, treatment providers;
  • LCL offers support group meetings for addiction recovery (among other support groups);
  • LCL offers support for professional disciplinary issues


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