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Law school will consume your life during the three or four years that you are enrolled. But that doesn’t mean that life stops. Bills still have to be paid; people still get sick; the rest of the world keeps rolling on.

There will likely be a time during your legal education when you need help with something. The good news is that there are plenty of people available to help. You are not alone. Whatever you are going through, someone else has gone through too. It’s important to reach out for help, so you can work through your problems, without hurting your academic performance.

This lesson will address what to do if you face a variety of academic and life issues. It will also get you to begin thinking about post-graduation planning.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Identify resources both at their law school and in their local legal community designed to support law students.
2. Recognize when they need to access resources, and how to do so.

Lesson Completion Time
20 minutes (plus additional time for audio recordings)


  • Allie Robbins

    Professor Robbins teaches primarily in the areas of academic skills and bar exam support. Her scholarship focuses on the areas of workers’ rights in global supply chains, legal education, and the bar exam. She is also the editor and writer of Passing the Bar (, a blog about studying for the bar exam.

    Associate Professor of Law
    City University of New York Law School
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The Open Legal Education Project is a CALI initiative to bring resource to public legal education.