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There is a mental health crisis in the legal profession. This isn’t news; in 2017, the National Task Force on Lawyering Well-Being acknowledged that the profession has failed to give adequate regard to the well-being of lawyers. High rates of chronic stress, depression, and substance use suggest that “the current state of lawyers’ health cannot support a profession dedicated to client service and dependent on the public trust.”


© 2023 Association of American Law Schools. AALS grants its member institutions permission to reproduce and distribute AALS material made available to members free of charge. This article was originally published as Carr, Bridgette, Vivek Sankaran, and Taylor J. Wilson. "Designing a Fulfilling Life in the Law." Journal of Legal Education 71, no. 3 (2022): 401-419.; AALS is the copyright holder of the edition of the Journal in which the article first appeared