Sunday, January 22, 2023
David Grenardo (St. Thomas-Minnesota), How A Person of Faith Can Address Imposter Syndrome in Law School, 37 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol'y ___ (2023):
Imposter syndrome makes people feel as if they are frauds and others will soon find out that they do not belong. Imposter syndrome typically affects high achievers, which includes law students and lawyers. Law schools can provide resources and tools for law students to address imposter syndrome, but a person of faith can approach imposter syndrome in unique ways. This Article sets forth the various ways a law student of faith can confront and overcome imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome can cause worry, doubt, and disbelief in law students and lawyers. People of faith can overcome this obstacle by living their faith. Knowing that you are chosen, believing that you are worthy, and imitating the birds by trusting in God all help law students create a strong foundation to succeed in law school and as lawyers. Fortify that foundation by maintaining a discerning heart and continually putting your faith into practice to make sure you keep moving forward. Remember, God has a plan for your life. We are not imposters; we were made in His image. God tells us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
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