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May 2014

Law school is a busy place and staying motivated can be hard at times. But whether it’s a bad mark, a rejection letter, a struggle to find an area of interest, or a loss of interest, there are plenty of little things you can do each day to stay on top of things and rediscover your motivation

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May 2014

As a Type A perfectionist law student, I’m never convinced that my best is good enough. I’m of the mindset that working and studying late, sacrificing sleep and spending the weekend at uni are all worth it for the grand scheme of things: my future as a lawyer.

I often wear my hard work, sleep deprivation and unsustainable workload like a badge of honour. “I don’t know how you do it!” – famous last words that I hear too often. But when did working so hard become so glamorous? It is time to challenge this unrealistic, unhealthy image that we as law students are all guilty of glamorising.

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May 2014

My first experience of depression happened at 16. Family and childhood issues from a young age had changed my cheerful, blissfully ignorant character to a pessimistic, angry Scrooge. I got back to my true self after a lot of soul searching, re-assessing my life and goals and how I approached them. Counselling and new positive influences in my life helped me rid my mind of negative thoughts and get off the track of self-sabotage. Learning how to regain confidence in myself, not seeking external validation and not letting fear of failure get in my way allowed me to focus on what was really important to me again. For the following few years I seemed to have bounced back to my former self; carefree and emotionally at ease, giving me the illusion that my initial bout must have just been a one-off.

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May 2014

Law as a profession has one of the highest rates of depression and anxiety of any occupation, and it all starts in law school. As law students, we are about three times more likely than other students to experience depression at some point while we are at university.

It is normal to feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes, and it’s okay to be upset because you got a crappy mark in an assignment. The problem arises when these feelings don’t go away. Feeling these things all the time, rather than just around exams, or during a big assignment means it might be time to get some help. I promise it isn’t just you that feels this way.

Here are a couple of places to start if you think you might need help…

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03
Apr 2014

We all know that being a law student can be stressful. However, when the demands of law school are combined with the general stresses of daily life such as work, family, and relationships, it can all feel overwhelming. Mental health issues such as anxiety or depression may become an issue too, and it's important to know the signs and get some support.

If you’re concerned about yourself or a fellow law student, here are some of the signs to look out for and some tips for what you can do next.

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Mar 2014

A new year of law school means great things: crisp new stationery, new people with fresh brains to pick, and new 9am lectures to not attend. However, the new academic year also brings the old stresses of untouched readings piling up in the corner, applying to volunteer at anywhere remotely law related, and overachievers who make you feel like a Professional Failure at Life.

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