Law School Quadruples the Chances of Depression for Tens of Thousands: Some Changes That Might Help

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By Kate Mayer Mangan

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In the next few weeks, tens of thousands of the most promising young Americans will do something that will make them more than four times more likely to become depressed. They’ll start law school.

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Although law students enter school with fairly normal rates of depression (about 8-9 percent), upon matriculation, the rate of depression more than quadruples (to about 40 percent), according to the My own mood began to sink a few weeks into law school, sitting in a contracts lecture and praying that the professor would not call on me. The Socratic method — in ..more    

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