Law is a challenging discipline that involves the ability to analyze, reason, and communicate. The study and practice of law is rigorous and often stressful, however, a law degree can open many doors to a rewarding career in business, practice, government, teaching and public service.
For those law students struggling with issues of depression, anxiety, drug addiction or alcoholism or other mental issues, the JLAP is here to help. We offer a full range of resources and solutions to help you manage your issues in the short and long term. Every service provided through the JLAP is 100% confidential and 100% free.
When you apply for admission to the bar, you must show that you are fit to practice law and have the necessary character to justify the trust and confidence that clients, the public, and the legal system will place in you. Consequently, the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions reviews applicants’ past conduct to ensure that applicants are honest, trustworthy, diligent and reliable. Conduct that raises concern about the competence, character or fitness of an applicant may cause the Committee on Bar Admissions to investigate further. Consequently, if you have a history of conduct that may indicate a problem, you should seek further information and assistance. The Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc. offers help for: alcohol and drug addiction, depression, anxiety and other mental issues, as well as compulsive disorders.
Louisiana Bar Journal Articles by Buddy Stockwell:
February/March 2017 – Law Students and Depression
April/May 2016 – Doping with Adderall
Read more LSBA articles written by Buddy Stockwell >>
Mental Health Toolkit for Law School Students
Suffering in Silence: The Survey of Law Student Well-Being and the Reluctance of Law Students to Seek Help for Substance Use and Mental Health Concerns, by Jerome M. Organ, David B. Jaffe, and Katherine M. Bender, Ph.D.
Video – NBC’s College Students’ Widespread Abuse of Adderall
Related Web Links:
A Law Student’s Guide to being a Happy, Healthy and Honorable Lawyer
LawLifeline – Mental health for Law Students
Managing a Diagnosed Condition in Law School
On Self -Care in the First Year of Law School
Stanford News – Law Students and Stress
Top 10 Tips to Maintain Physical and Mental Health During Law School
Uncommon Counsel – Depression and suicide prevention for Law Students