Give Me a (Mental Health) Break…

(written by Lori Strickler)

With Spring Break behind us and exams coming up in less than a month, you may feel the tension mounting, much like all that snow we had this winter. But did you know that March 27th is National Mental Health Day? Law students face what can sometimes seem to be an overwhelming amount of mental and physical stress. Long hours, heavy workloads and

Mental Health Day

Photo courtesy of Emanuele Rosso, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

competing priorities are something that lawyers struggle with while in law school and beyond.  Take a break from all that studying and give yourself time to regroup and recharge. Do something fun like attend the PIFP Auction on March 28th, get out and enjoy some spring sunshine by walking or riding the trails at Valley Forge National Park or blow off some steam by entering the Philly Rabbit Run 5K at the Philly Zoo on April 19th.  And then check out some books from our library collection to help you cope with life as a law student!

  • The Zen of law school success (2nd Floor: KF283 .N67 2011)
  • Law school survival manual : from LSAT to bar exam (on Reserve)
  • The law school rules : 115 survival strategies to make the challenges of law school seem like small stuff (2nd Floor: KF283 .L49 1999)
  • The law student’s pocket mentor : from surviving to thriving (Lower Level: KF283 .I35 2007 c.2)
  • “One L of a year” : how to maximize your success in Law school (2nd Floor: KF283 .C485 2012)
  • Hard-nosed advice from a cranky law professor : how to succeed in law school (on Reserve)
  • Law school : getting in, getting out, getting on (2nd Floor: KF283 .A75 2010)
  • Law school labyrinth : a guide to making the most of your legal education (on Reserve)
  • Law school success in a nutshell : a guide to studying law and taking law school exams (Hornbook Reserve)
  • Open book : succeeding on exams from the first day of law school (on Reserve)
  • Law school exams : preparing and writing to win (on Reserve)

The  ABA’s Law Student Division is dubbing March 27th “Law Student Mental Health Day” and has taken this opportunity to promote mental health initiatives for law students. You can find more information on their initiatives page, including links for the ABA Lawyer Assistance Programs.

If you’d like to talk with someone one-on-one, please reach out to Nancy Whalen, VLS Director of Student Affairs.

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