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IT and Law Library Orientation Now Open for 1Ls

In conjunction with C|M|Law’s Jump Start program for students starting school in the fall, the Information Technology department and law library are offering orientation materials on a drop-in basis.

How it works:

  1. Come by the research services office (Room 112) across from the circulation desk during normal hours.
  2. You will meet and talk with one of our librarians, who will give you a scavenger hunt handout and IT information for your law school computer accounts. The scavenger hunt takes 20-30 minutes and will help you get orientated to the law library and IT services.
  3. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, give your results to a librarian in Room 112, at which point you will be given registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and Scholar along with information on our legal research seminars and digital badge program.
  4. All students who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a contest for a $50 Amazon gift card; the drawing will be held during the first full week of classes.

May is Mental Health Month

Mental Health America (MHA) and other organizations promote May as Mental Health Month. MHA’s theme for this May is Fitness #4Mind#Body. This theme focuses on how diet and nutrition, exercise, the gut-brain connection, sleep, and stress impact our wellbeing and mental health. For example, did you know that your gut microbiome (the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in your gut) can have a brain connection to anxiety and depression? The MHA website gives you more information on the mental health impact of diet and nutrition, exercise, the gut-brain connection, sleep, and stress. You can also download a helpful toolkit.

So what will you do in the month of May to benefit your mental health and wellbeing?

 

 

 

Get Your Law School Exam Anti-Stress Game Plan in Place

Finals are just around the corner, and you know they’re likely to be stressful. So now’s the time to get your anti-stress game plan in place! Being prepared to face the stress of law school exams can help you feel more relaxed and do a better job.

Here are some things to put in your game plan:

  • Plan ahead for meals and snacks. Stock up on your favorite foods and snacks so they’re ready to go when you’re too busy studying to think too much about food.
  • Alert your friends and family. Let them know ahead of time when exams are so that they will understand if you’re less available physically and emotionally during this time.
  • Get yourself on a sleep schedule now, so you can stick to it during exams.
  • Plan ahead for a few good relaxation sessions – schedule a massage during exams, get tickets to a favorite band, plan a night out with friends. You’ll need to take a break from studying at some point.
  • Arrange for you study aids now – the law library’s study aids research guide can help.
  • Plan for exercise – if you’re into group fitness, scope out your favorite classes. If you’re more low key, plan to take walking breaks every hour or so of studying. Walking breaks do a whole lot more for your concentration and wellbeing than social media or web surfing breaks.
  • Plan your rewards! Plan something extra nice for yourself after you’re done with each big exam or assignment.
  • Remind yourself to see the big picture of your law school and career goals.

Veterans Services at CSU and Beyond

Cleveland State has its own Veterans Student Success Program with offices located at 2254 Euclid Avenue, Trinity Commons, Cleveland OH 44115.  The can also be reached by phone at 216-875-9996 or email at vikingvets@csuohio.edu

Veterans Services at CSU –one stop shopping with links to all services available for vets at CSU.

Veterans Benefits and Financial Aid –GI Bill information, financial aid and scholarships.

Counseling and other Mental Health Services:

Cleveland State Counseling Center – Academic, career, and personal counseling.  To find out more about the services offered by the Counseling Center please stop by (UN 220) or call them at 216-687-2277.  You may also stop by or call to set up a phone screening with a counselor.  The phone screening is designed to help determine what services are best for you.  At the end of the screening, the therapist will offer you a list of options tailored to your needs.  Common options include individual counseling at the counseling center, referral to counseling in the community, group counseling, workshops, and/or referrals to CSU and non-CSU resources.  Walk-in sessions are available from 1pm-3pm Monday through Friday.

Cleveland Veterans Administration Services—outpatient counseling available.  Contact the local VA for help on getting access to medical care for vets.

Celebrate National Mental Health Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the day to celebrate National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country. It’s a day officially selected by the ABA Law Student Division to help break the stigma associated with severe depression and anxiety among law students and lawyers.

Have a look at the ABA’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Toolkit for a refresher on the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, and suicide risk. The toolkit also includes ideas on how law students and student bar associations can get involved with breaking the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Another great resource is the Dave Nee Foundation, founded in honor of the memory of a promising law student who took his own life after losing the fight against severe depression. The Dave Nee Foundation is somewhere you can find current research on depression and suicide, programs to help law students and lawyers, and more.