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Law School Dean Has Some Advice For Stressed-Out Students: ‘It’s Not Going To Get Any Easier’

It is one of the most difficult periods in law school and has one of the steepest learning curves. It’s unlike anything they’ve done before in a previous degree. It is certainly normal for students to experience a lot of stress and anxiety. We also see a lot of impostor syndrome because it’s so easy to sit in class and hear your friend give a great answer to the cold call… while you might be struggling.

Tell the students all the time that it won’t get any easier. Your time demands won’t go away once you leave school. In fact, you’ll have more things to do with family, life, and work responsibilities, so we really want them to learn how to develop healthy law school habits that you’ll maintain throughout their careers.

– Charles N. Todd, Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School, empathizes with first-year students who find their life in law school too challenging, and offers them some advice on how to balance their days. “It doesn’t have to be such a big interruption in your day,” he said. “[I]It could be a 10-minute break for coloring, eating some healthy foods, or doing some stretching because you’ve been sitting for a long time.”

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is Senior Editor at Above the Law, where she has been since 2011. She loves to hear from you, so feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or criticisms. you can follow it Twitter Or connect with her on LinkedIn.


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