Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

In the last twenty years much has been written about the deleterious effect that law school has on the mental well-being of law students.' Many have called for "humanizing" law school. In support of their case, the advocates of humanizing cite numerous anecdotes, much scholarly writing in the psychology literature, and even a few rigorous studies of law students. A principal voice is that of Professor Krieger who has done the most careful and elaborate study, a study of students at two law schools.1 You should understand that Professor Krieger and his cohorts do not merely claim that we make our students more anxious, more depressed, and generally mentally sicker, but that this sickness may bring about permanent changes that plague our students for years to come. So the claim, at least by inference, is not just that law students are made unhappy by law school, but that they are maimed. I am skeptical.


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