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Law School Does Away With Mental Health Services, Just In Time For Finals & Bar Exam Prep
Posted on Tuesday April 18, 2017
Everything that has to do with law school is an incredibly stressful endeavor. From studying for finals to studying for the bar exam to waiting for bar exam results to waiting for a job offer to figuring out how to lead life while shouldering up to six figures of student debt, law students and graduates have a tough row to hoe. Thankfully, most law students and graduates are able to take advantage of their school’s counseling services should they need a professional outlet to listen to their woes and guide them through their times of despair. Sometimes these situations become so desperate that a law student’s or graduate’s ability to get in touch with someone at their counseling services center can mean the difference between life and death.
That being said, if you were an administrator at a law school who had to cut certain resources due to budgetary constraints, wouldn’t you think that a critical one to retain on a full-time basis would be your school’s mental health and counseling services? If you were an administrator at a law school with flagging bar exam results, wouldn’t you think that mental health and counseling services would be an essential resource to retain?
This seems to be exactly what is happening at the Florida Coastal School of Law. Yesterday afternoon, students received an email from Dr. James Artley, the schools assistant dean of student affairs, breaking the news to them. The school is smaller now because in preparation to become a non-profit, administrators are no longer admitting everyone and their mother, and Florida Coastal is now “adjust[ing] [its] resources to fit [its] class size.” Here’s more information from the email (click to enlarge):
For the sake of Florida Coastal’s students and graduates, we hope the school’s independent contractor mental health services provider is willing to be on-call during finals and the bar exam.
Unlike Florida Coastal, most colleges and universities have counseling and psychological services resources that students can turn to if they are in crisis or would like counseling, even after hours. If these services are not available at your school, and if you’re depressed and in need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or a lawyer assistance program in your state. Remember that you are loved, so please reach out if you need assistance, before it’s too late. Don’t become a statistic.
Staci Zaretsky is an editor at Above the Law. She’d love to hear from you, so feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.