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Lawyers With Depression Project

Judges, Lawyers, Law Students, Paralegals, and anyone working in a law-related field should run, now walk, to the website below.


Law Lifeline

a project of the Jed Foundation & Dave Nee Foundation


LawLifeline, is an anonymous, confidential online resource for virtually every law student in the country that provides general information regarding mental health issues as well as specific resources and services available to students in their communities.

Additionally, LawLifeline offers an online diagnostic screening tool for students to use to determine whether they or their friends are experiencing symptoms of a mental health disease or disorder.


LawLifeline, built in conjunction with the Jed Foundation and modeled after their successful ULifeLine resource, is available to any law school in the nation.


The David Nee Foundation website is an excellent resource for those in law. ​The statistics on mental health are startling for law students and lawyers.  We wish we would have known this before Matthew started law school.  We had no clue, and we know Matthew didn't either.  For more information visit: Daveneefoundation.org

Mental health issues in law schools have an impact on student retention, achievement and, ultimately, on bar admission. These concerns affect the future of the law profession. Below are some startling facts and statistics about depression and suicide in law school and in practicing lawyers.

  • Depression among law students is 8-9% prior to matriculation, 27% after one semester, 34% after 2 semesters, and 40% after 3 years.

  • Stress among law students is 96%, compared to 70% in med students and 43% in graduate students.

  • Entering law school, law students have a psychological profile similar to that of the general public. After law school, 20-40% have a psychological dysfunction.

  • Psychological distress, dissatisfaction and substance abuse that begin in law school follow many graduates into practice.

  • Only half of lawyers are very satisfied or satisfied with their work.

  • Chronic stress can trigger the onset of clinical depression.

  • Lawyers are the most frequently depressed occupational group in the US.

  • Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers.

  • Depression and anxiety is cited by 26% of all lawyers who seek counseling.

  • 15% of people with clinical depression commit suicide.

  • Lawyers rank 5th in incidence of suicide by occupation.

  • 19% of lawyers suffer from statistically significant elevated levels of depression, according to a survey conducted on lawyers in Washington.

  • Over 25% of North Carolina lawyers experience physical symptoms of extreme anxiety at least three times per month during the year.

  • 37% of North Carolina lawyers suffer from depression.

  • 11% of North Carolina lawyers suffer from suicide ideation.