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Avoid the Law School Burnout

GUEST BLOG Katie R. Day,
Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2018

              It’s easy to start drowning in thoughts of “what if” and “I should be doing more”.

As I write this, I’m closing my books, turning off my computer, and taking a break.

Yep, you read that right. Despite the fact that I have a to-do list nearly a mile long, I’m setting that aside for a couple of hours to grab dinner with my boyfriend.

Law school is known for being challenging and time-consuming. As the readings add up and exams loom over us, it’s hard not to feel like we need to spend every waking minute on school work. This leads to the dreaded law school burnout that we’ve all faced at least once (if not more than that) in our law school careers.

I’ll be honest, I’ve felt the burnout many times throughout my law school career, most recently this past week. I think we as 3Ls are especially susceptible to feeling overwhelmed. We have classes, assignments, networking events, job interviews, graduation, the bar exam, and so much more consuming our minds. It’s easy to start drowning in thoughts of “what if” and “I should be doing more.”

I’d love to be able to tell you all that I’ve found a way to avoid the law school burnout, but I haven’t. This is all I can say… You’re doing a great job and you deserve a break. Walk away from your textbook. Put down the cite check. Have a little fun.

There may not be an easy way to avoid the law school burnout, but taking a break and taking a deep breath is definitely a step in the right direction.