Law Students Depression and Stress Support
Law school is one of the most stressful times in a lawyers life. You go from being the “best and brightest” to being surrounded by people who were all the “best and brightest.” Law School is demanding. Intense competition, unreasonable workload, never-ending deadlines, financial debt and the pressure to compete for a job on top of life’s regular stressors easily becomes overwhelming. Law students are particularly vulnerable to stress related issues such as anxiety, depression, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Illinois Lawyer Assistance Program Can Help
We know what you are going through because we were once in law school too. We can help. LAP’s free and confidential services, including consultations, assessments, individual and group therapy, referrals and interventions, are available to all Illinois law students at no cost whatsoever. Law students can call LAP for assistance for themselves and for their their classmates. Many law students also come to LAP with questions about how to deal with character and fitness issues. We can assist with that as well. All of LAP’s services are totally free and confidential.
What Happens When You Connect with LAP
MEET WITH A LAP CLINICIAN: LAP will invite you to come into our offices for a consultation and assessment. Because we serve the entire state of Illinois from just two offices, occasionally our clients are geographically too removed for an in person appointment. In such cases, the consultation and assessment will be conducted over the telephone, and the LAP staff will work to find the attorney confidential and affordable services which are geographically convenient.
CONSULTATION AND ASSESSMENT: Your first meeting with a LAP Clinician will most likely involve a series of questions covering your background, your concerns, and your current goals. It will also include information on the range of free and confidential services available through LAP. Based on this conversation, the LAP Clinician will make recommendations. Such recommendations may include, but not be limited to: one of LAP’s therapy groups, individual therapy with one of LAP’s clinicians or a referral to an unaffiliated therapist, referral to a treatment center and/or peer support counseling.
FOLLOW UP: Regardless of the recommendation, you will continue to be a LAP client for as long as you see fit. We will continue to follow up with you whether you make use of our services or choose to seek support somewhere else. You are always welcome to come back to LAP, no matter what has happened or how long it has been since you last contacted us.
Help Classmates Facing Law Student Stress
MEET WITH A LAP CLINICIAN: Let us know over the telephone or in person who you are concerned about and why. We may ask you questions regarding the individual’s habits, whereabouts, and contact information. Any contact you have with LAP, including the fact that you contacted us out of concern for someone else, will remain confidential unless you state otherwise. Your colleague never needs to know that you called us.
CONSULTATION AND ASSESSMENT: LAP will develop an action plan based on the information that you provide. Sometimes this includes reaching out to our LAP Peer Support Volunteers (also strictly obligated by confidentiality) who may also know the individual for more insight on how to best make contact. Other times, one of our clinicians will directly call the individual informing them that a colleague is concerned and inviting them to come see us. Sometimes, an intervention is most appropriate, and a LAP intervention team and action plan is developed.
FOLLOW UP: Regardless of the recommendation, LAP will diligently work to provide the individual of concern the help he needs. You, the caller, are welcome to remain totally anonymous or to reveal your identity at any time. Unless instructed otherwise, your contact with LAP will always remain confidential.