Law Student Mental Health Resources You, the law student, matter. It is okay that you will not be okay from time-to-time while in law school; this Toolkit is the result of efforts from hundreds of individuals around the country who want to facilitate your well-being.
Law Student Worries during the pandemic Out of 13,000 law students who participated in the annual Law School Survey of Student Engagement, 95% reported the COVID-19 pandemic interfered with their ability to concentrate, 43% had increased concerns about having enough food and 29% feared eviction and housing loss.
The COVID crisis in Legal Education All of us in legal education have experienced myriad challenges this past year. We have been coping with COVID—health scares, personal losses, community harms, and the many other ways in which the pandemic touched on virtually every aspect of our lives. Most of us were teaching and learning online for the first time, mastering unfamiliar technology, re-designing courses, and navigating new pedagogical approaches. We endured significant racial and political upheaval including the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the trial of his killers, increasing hate crimes against Asian Americans, a fraught election season, and a capitol insurrection. These external events created substantial effects on legal education
Mental health and legal education in the time of pandemic this paper explores this aspect within a more specific set of the population—the law students. It addresses the impact of transition from physical face-to-face classes to a virtual online platform on their psychological wellness and coping mechanism. In the end, the paper mentions strategies that the law students may adopt amid the lack or absence of physical interaction with professors, classmates and friends.
Law School in a Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged legal education in unprecedented ways. How do you deliver a law school education when congregating in buildings and classrooms is unsafe? How do you engage in law school studies under those same circumstances? And how do you prioritize either endeavor when previously mundane decisions now have life or death implications?
Staggering new data reveals just how differently workplace stressors and the pandemic have impacted the mental health of attorneys.
Notably, roughly 31% of Black lawyers said they have contemplated suicide during their legal career. This is a significant increase from the approximately 23% of Hispanic and Latino attorneys, 20% of Asian attorneys, and almost 19.4% of white attorneys who reported the same tendencies.
The Lifeline and 988
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022.