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1L Year - How to Succeed

The purpose of this guide is to demystify the law school experience, show some of the many resources you can use to improve your law school experience, and impart some advice on how to approach law school.

Mental & Physical Health

It is no secret that the legal profession has a mental health problem. Substance abuse, anxiety disorders, and depression are all prevalent in law schools. Though You might not have a mental illness, it is probable that you will know someone that does. It is important to be aware of these issues so we can create a law school culture that destigmatizes mental health illnesses. And if you have, or you know someone who has, a mental illness, there are many great resources that can help provide support. 

Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP)
The ABA Mental Health Initiative
Law School Academic Support Blog

Taking care of your mental and physical health has multiple benefits, but here are two good reasons to prioritize eating well, exercising, and making time for yourself during law school.

First, stress hurts your memory. By doing things that lower your stress, like exercising, spending time with friends, pursuing relaxing hobbies, you’ll actually improve your ability to learn. Second, exercising improves your memory, especially cardiovascular exercise. 

Take some time to look at the Maintaining Your Wellbeing section of the law school's website. Our Student Affairs Team is committed to supporting you during your time at Colorado Law. Please reach out to them if you ever have questions or concerns.

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