It is well recognized that law school students experience significant and uniquely disproportionate declines in emotional and physical health when compared to students in other types of graduate programs (i.e.: medical school)(Sheldon & Kreiger, 2007). Some studies have suggested that female students suffer even greater amounts of psychological distress (Flynn, et. al., 2009). These negative emotional states carry over into many individual's professional and personal lives after graduating from law school and can lead to serious difficulties including depression and substance abuse (Diacoff, 1999).
I have been working with lawyers and law students since the 1980's to help them cope with some of the many stresses and stressors of the attorney life. In 1988, when I developed the Meyers Program, a Bar examination preparation course designed for repeat candidates, it was based upon the premise that law students experience challenges which, in some cases, far outweigh the difficulty of the curriculum. Though substantive training in legal concepts and test taking play an integral part, a large portion of the program is aiding students in coping with issues including stress, depression, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and others.
If you are feeling overburdened by the law school or law practice experience, maybe you should consider speaking with someone who understands and can help. I practiced law for more than twenty years and understand the challenges that face those in the profession. Over the years, I have helped many people just like you succeed, professionally and personally.
If you need someone to talk to, contact me to find out how I can you help you, too.