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Survival Skill No. 1 for Lawyers: Emotional Resilience

By May 23, 2019No Comments

Here’s an excellent article shared by the ADR Section’s Health & Wellness Committee. It’s the first post in a six-part series on “What You Didn’t Learn in Law School,” aimed at helping new and experienced lawyers build those skills for long, healthy and successful careers

Survival Skill No. 1: Emotional Resilience—the ability to bounce back in the face of setbacks or challenges, emerging stronger, wiser and more powerful from the experience. Resilience is critical to lawyers.

Practicing law takes a toll on your physical and mental health. It’s not only the long hours—it’s the stress. Lawyers face unique pressures ranging from the nature of their cases to high billable hours to dealing with around-the-clock client demands. Lawyers suffer from depression and are at least twice as likely to exhibit problem behaviors with alcohol than the general public.

Read more to learn how you can develop or improve your emotional resilience.

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