News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Make Summer the Time to Practice Good Mental Health Habits

You know the saying – practice makes perfect. And as an aspiring lawyer, you also know that the legal profession is fraught with mental health issues. So why not make summer the time to conscientiously practice up on a couple good mental health habits so that these good habits will be a regular part of your life once you’re out of law school. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself you should start meditating. Or address your anxiety. Or change your drinking habits. Or practice yoga more. Summer’s the perfect time to start!

Here are some suggestions for books that might help you get started with good mental health habits this summer. All of these titles are from our Mental Health and Wellness Collection that’s located in the Ohio room. You can check out these titles and others any time.

 

New: Leadership and Law Research Guide

image of directional arrows pointing up a road, symbolizing leadership A new guide was just added to the Law Library’s research guide collection. The Leadership and Law Guide was created recently to collect and share resources on leadership theory and skills, as applied to the legal field. The guide features information about C|M|Law’s new and developing leadership programming, articles, books, assessments, and other media.

Productivity Apps to Help You Stay Organized This Semester

 Many students (and let’s be honest, faculty and staff) often resolve at the beginning of every semester that this semester will be different, we will be more organized, we will stay on task, we will not procrastinate. With these ambitious resolutions in mind, here are a few apps to help us stay on track.

Wunderlist is a free app that is available across all major devices, letting you track lists, plan events and projects, set reminders, and collaborate with others.

Trello uses boards and cards to manage everything from short to-do lists to complex projects. Trello has collaborative features and can also integrate third-party services like Evernote and Slack.

Evernote helps you capture ideas, to-do lists, photos, screenshots, links, and project planning. You can also set reminders, work across devices, and collaborate.

Many other apps are out there and several tech blogs provide reviews, for example Techradar and Tom’s Guide.

On the other hand, if you’re like me and prefer to plan in hard copy, you may want to try the Bullet Journal method. The creator of the Bullet Journal maintains this site about it, but numerous other blogs exist detailing different styles from more minimal journals, to the very artistic. The important thing is to find what works for you.

New Online Mindfulness Community for Lawyers and Students

Are you looking for ways to reduce stress, manage anxiety, or just make sure you take a few minutes to breathe every day? Practicing mindfulness can help, and is a valuable part of maintaining wellness and finding work-life balance. A new online community is geared specifically for lawyers interested in mindful practices.

The Mindful Lawyers Community, founded by Jeena Cho and Lauren Clark Rad, offers support and connection. The “goal is to bring together like-minded lawyers who live with mindfulness, value creative practices and care about building a sustainable career with purpose and meaning.” Law students and anyone connected to the legal field are welcome to join. Membership includes unlimited access to the community via Slack, quarterly webinars hosted by experts, drop-in video chat sessions, daily writing and creativity prompts, and monthly habit sprints.

For more on mental health and well-being for law students, check out our resource guide and work-life balance board on Pinterest.

Career Planning Resources at C|M|Law

Bulletin board with colorful post-it notes and message "make things happen."The Office of Career Planning (OCP) maintains C|M|Law:CareerNotes, which provides news, announcements, and advice for students’ professional development. Check out OCP’s blog for information on career options, the legal market, job searching and networking, and other resources to build a professional brand.

The Law Library’s Law Career Resources Guide lists some of the books and materials in our collection dealing with legal careers, the job search process, and work-life balance. The Law Library’s Researching Employers Guide features resources to help you learn about potential employers, salary data, and other information useful for deciding if a job offer is right for you. The Law Library also has a few boards on Pinterest dedicated to career planning with helpful tips on resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, and what to wear.