Law school can drive you crazy. We’re only half-joking: Research suggests that by the 3L year, 40 percent of law students show signs of depression. Fortunately, educators are responding with programs intended to promote student ‘wellness.’ In our latest report, we look at the trend and also preview three newly opened law schools, and prominent attorneys offer budding law students the benefit of their experience.

 

Don’t lose your mind
Some law schools recognize their duty to help students cope with legal education’s unique challenges.
 

Coping skills
Legal education is uniquely challenging, but don’t let the hype overwhelm you. The workload is manageable if you keep a balanced perspective and implement smart strategies.  

Survival guide
Hard as it may be for the struggling 1L to appreciate, it is possible to survive law school and build a rewarding career — whether in the law or not. Here’s some advice from recovering law students who have managed this feat.

Grand opening
Law school applications dipped by 25 percent during the past two years, but that didn’t dissuade three new law schools from opening to students this fall. We take a look at the latest additions to the county’s legal academy.   

Human perspective
In transforming students into logical thinkers, law schools risk draining them of spontaneity and compassion.