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Law School: Imbuing It with Both Rigor and Support

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Law school can be brutal in the name of rigor. Law students endure the consequences by demonstrating significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse than the general public. After a laissez-faire period, legal education is finally responding to this crisis. This chapter explores ways to humanize legal education and strive for student well-being. I reflect back on my own experiences as a law student and my efforts to teach in a way that is authentic, rigorous, and humanizing. These efforts include classroom collaboration, discussing the stresses openly with students, and asking them to reflect on their own well-being. I also examine how the grassroots humanizing legal education movement dovetailed with larger efforts at legal education reform.

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Dunlap, J.A. (2021). Law School: Imbuing It with Both Rigor and Support. In: Hall, M.P., Brault, A.K. (eds) Academia from the Inside. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83895-9_12

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