Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Looking Forward to a Healthy Career in Law

August 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Lillian Johnson and Christopher Howard

Lawyers as a group suffer from high levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse. This is no surprise. Most practicing attorneys have experienced these issues personally or seen them afflict friends and colleagues. 

Today’s law students are bombarded with warnings about the dangers of the legal profession. Even before the first day of classes, students receive staggering statistics about how many of them will become alcoholics, get divorced or simply burn out in this career. Students are told during orientation that lawyers enter law school as some of the healthiest individuals, and within the first year, we start showing...

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