Lawrence S. Krieger (Florida State) has updated his wonderful booklet, The Hidden Stresses of Law School and Law Practice (2018) (table of contents) (ordering information) (thoughts about timing and use):
It is time for the summer announcement of the student assistance booklets (now updated) that I’ve been doing for several years. Some of you may want to provide them to incoming or present classes at your school. Please note: We will be away from July 15-30, so if you need these little books for early August, please let me know. ... If you have questions, just email me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to order, have any questions, or wish to view the entire contents before ordering, just email me directly.
Why This Book?
In the past few years there have been powerful scientific findings about lawyers and law students. They are so recent that few lawyers, students, or even law teachers are aware of them. These findings show clearly what makes us happy, and what happens in law school and then law practice that can undermine that happiness. This book explains this science and the largely hidden stresses of law school and law practice – how we first encounter them in school, why they continue to impact lawyers long after graduation, and why it doesn’t have to be that way. It offers practical, direct approaches to preserve and improve your well-being, based on these findings and decades of teaching, litigating, and working with law students and lawyers. The closing sections extend this knowledge specifically to career and job choices.
Law students and lawyers alike tell me that they wish they had known this information sooner. I agree. I truly enjoyed my years as a litigation attorney, but I could have avoided so much stress in law school and those years of practice if I had known these principles. I hope they will ease your way and increase your enjoyment of this great profession.
How to Read This Book
The book has two parts that you can read separately according to your interest. Part One should help any lawyer or law student, as it provides the new foundational understanding of what makes us happy, what creates problems, and what to do about it. Part Two focuses more specifically on how to chart your career direction and how to use the science for an effective job search if it is time for you to think about that. If you are reading primarily for career guidance, I suggest you read pages 4 – 14 first to understand the core scientific principles and then proceed to Part Two.
(Hat Tip: Legal Skills Prof Blog.)