Some future Lawyers are concealing drugs, alcohol, and depression issues rather looking for help, a new report demonstrates law students with addiction and mental problems may be timid to inform the problems because they think that doing so would threaten their possibilities of being allowed to the bar or getting a great job after graduating.
In February to May 2014, Jerome Organ, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota conducted a survey more than 3,300 students from 15 law schools about their drinking, drug usage and mental health.”Twenty-percent stated drinking two or more times in the prior two weeks, and almost a quarter displayed signs that they should have additional examination for alcohol addiction. More than a quarter had acknowledged at least one diagnosis of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, personality disorder, and substance use disorder. Fourteen percent of law students said they have smoked marijuana in the past 30 days, and 2.5 percent said they have used cocaine in that time. That’s greater than the results shown in a 1991 study of 3,388 students at 19 law schools, in which 8 percent of law students reported using marijuana and 1 percent said they have used cocaine in the prior 30 days. Only four percent of would-be lawyers said they had ever relied on a health professional to deal with alcohol or drug abuse. The same sequence played out with mental health. The study found that seventeen percent of survey takers screened positive for depression. Forty-two percent said they thought they needed support for emotional or mental problems in the past year, but only half of the people who thought they needed counseling got it”.
Law schools have tried in recent years to disclose that students will not be punish for accepting that they are suffering, but the report advised that the attempt have not gone far enough. It is hard to oppose what the research indicated as a completely rooted practice of angst in legal literacy that dismay students from allowing weakness.