Booklets for Law Student Guidance

Two booklets are available to help students with the major issues that they typically face during law school, and that are likely to impact their success and satisfaction after graduation. The Hidden Sources of Law School Stress and A Deeper Understanding of Your Career Choices apply modern empirical research about values, motivation, and life satisfaction to the thought processes and internal adjustments taking place in students throughout law school.

The author, Professor Lawrence Krieger, was selected as a subject for the 2013 Harvard Press book, What the Best Law Teachers Do, based on his approach to legal education and his impact on students. More than 90,000 of these booklets have been used with students at over 100 law schools across the United States, Canada, and Australia since 2005.

Each booklet summarizes the challenges particular to its topic -- the law school experience or identifying and securing a satisfying career -- and explains the attitudes and values that will serve students best in each context. The "careers" booklet also provides specific methods for each individual to determine personally satisfying career areas, and to objectively calculate the potential "value" of a particular position or work setting.

The immediate goal of these booklets is to assist law students towards optimal performance and well-being in school and in the legal work they ultimately choose. A broader aspiration is to make a modest contribution, over time, to the improvement of the level of health, satisfaction and professionalism among lawyers generally.

The booklets may be distributed to students for their personal reading, or may be assigned in conjunction with classes, clinics or programs such as academic support or placement. Courses that would be particularly appropriate include Legal Writing and other first-year courses, Professional Responsibility, clinical programs, or other offerings in which you wish to integrate a consideration of professionalism, professional identity, or professional stress. The booklets provide content for reflection, discussion, and/or written assignments.

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"Professor Krieger's booklet is a gem.  A very short, but insightful read, pointing out the dangers and antidotes of stressful situations we all confront in daily living.  But he puts it in the context of law students who have entered the ground floor of the legal profession, and gives them an excellent opportunity to learn ways to have a more meaningful, fulfilling and happy professional and personal life.  I give the booklet to each of my law clerks, externs and interns, and I re-read it periodically to refresh myself."

- Judge Robert L. Childers, Circuit Court, 30th Judicial District of Tennessee

"Larry Krieger's booklet on The Hidden Sources of Law School Stress lays out a path for working toward a happy life as a lawyer. It talks about both law school and life as a lawyer. I give it to my externs and professional responsibility classes and have gotten very positive responses -- most beginning with 'I wish I'd gotten this as a first year student.' I've been encouraging our Associate Dean of Student Affairs to get them distributed during the first year (although not right at the beginning)."

- Leah Wortham,  Catholic University School of Law

"Hi all: This is a plug for Larry’s terrific little book.  I order a box every summer and hand them out to first year students in small section meetings during the fall.  I then leave them out in the student lounge during exam time and they disappear.  They are a terrific resource and I plan to order another 500 this summer. Thanks to Larry for writing it!"

- Dawna Cobb, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, University of Maryland School of Law