It’s no secret that lawyers, on the whole, are an unhappy bunch. Reams of research going back decades show that attorneys suffer from elevated rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Those problems don’t surface when new lawyers get their bar cards, however. Studies have shown that law students on average arrive on campus with the same level of happiness as their nonlaw school peers, but leave less happy and hopeful, with more mental health issues than when they started.
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