Texas Lawyer, As Law Students Enter Finals, Schools Find Ways to Help With the Stress:
As Texas law schools enter another final exam season in December, they know that students are stressed, and they’re trying to help. On the lighter side, they distract students with fun events—puppies on campus—or relax them with neck massages. On a serious note, schools present students with information about appropriate and inappropriate ways to cope with stress, and they provide free counseling services. ...
Law school is always stressful, but during finals, it’s like a cardiologist putting a patient on a treadmill for a stress test. Any weaknesses come out, said Bree Buchanan, director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, which helps law students, lawyers and judges with mental health and substance use struggles. “The level of anxiety and fear it induces can be extreme. In a lot of ways, the law students can be their own worst enemies,” Buchanan said. ...
One tactic that Texas law schools use to help stressed-out students is to offer fun distractions for study breaks.
Baylor hosts “Midnight Breakfast” events just before exam periods, and Texas Tech has a breakfast-for-dinner night when professors serve pancakes to their students. The events are a moment of levity during a stressful period that builds a sense of community.
St. Mary’s has held a “puppies with the dean” event with real fur babies. Texas Tech, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas and the University of Texas School of Law in Austin bring therapy dogs on campus, offer massages and provide snacks for study breaks.
On the more serious side, multiple Texas law schools include a segment during orientation focused on healthy ways for students to cope with stress.