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Law Student Well-Being:  It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Introduction

Going to law school and running a marathon have many parallel lessons and experiences.   At times, both can be challenging, stressful, exhausting, lonely, and humbling.  But they can also be inspiring, empowering, and exhilarating.  Whatever marathon you are running (literally or figuratively), don’t just focus on the finish line.  While you will encounter many obstacles, the gift is the journey and the lessons you learn along the way.  This blog aims to help you navigate your journey to cope with stress, enhance focus, develop healthy habits, and increase community to foster your overall wellbeing.  The blog includes a lesson for each mile of a marathon–26.2, focusing on your mind, body, and spirit.  Embrace the journey!

Kathleen Elliott Vinson
Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing,
Research, and Written Advocacy

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Trust

Trust

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Be Proud

Be Proud

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