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How to Keep Your Sanity During Law School

Law School Survival TipsTherapy dogs. That’s what law school has come to.

The same beautiful and bucolic creatures used to comfort people in hospitals—people fighting for their very survival—are now being brought into law schools to comfort … students?

It’s true; law schools across the country are doing everything they can to help students manage stress, anxiety and pressure. They’re expanding counseling services, ramping up mentoring programs and bringing in the therapy dogs.

Good for the schools. Law school is hard, and students need all the support they can get. But even Lassie can’t help law school student who can’t help themselves. So with that in mind, here are five quick and easy ways you can scratch yourself behind the ears, and keep your sanity while in law school.

Drink heavily

No, not alcohol. Drink a lot of water, and drink it before you’re thirsty. Two recent studies by the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory showed that being even mildly dehydrated can have a negative affect on your mood, energy level and ability to think clearly.

Sleep a lot

Amnesty International lists sleep deprivation as a form of torture. Think about that for a minute: Every time you pull an all-nighter, you’re torturing yourself. You’re also impairing your body’s ability to function at its highest level. Don’t torture yourself. Get plenty of sleep.

Zone out

Every now and then, make sure to take time to turn off your phone, power down your laptop and zone out. Watch TV, go for a walk or watch clouds float by. Whatever you do, just do it mindlessly. A recent study by two Harvard researchers found that downtime ultimately makes you more focused and energetic.

Don’t talk about it all the time

No matter how much your classmates, parents, friends, aunts and uncles want to talk about exams and homework, don’t. Constantly talking about the things that are stressing you out will only further stress you out. Discuss it once and move on.

Use people (or dogs)

Counselors, deans of students, mentors and even therapy dogs are there for a reason: to help you. Use them.


About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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