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Provided Courtesy of Associate Dean of Students David Jaffe and American University

Congratulations on your admission to Vermont Law School! You were accepted based on excellent academic credentials and strong potential for the future. If you ask around, most lawyers will tell you that they enjoyed law school, despite the challenges and the inevitable stresses of legal education. This is probably because we, as high -achievers, appreciate the challenge as a way to fulfillment ultimately. Still, the change from undergraduate to law school brings unique challenges that may appear as obstacles in the beginning, and may for some persist or increase throughout the law school experience.

“I did not do very well my first year and can not figure out why. I was at the top of my class as an undergrad, but I can’t seem to deal with the competition and difficulty of law school. What’s wrong with me?”

“My boyfriend thinks I have really changed since law school. He feels cheated in terms of not having enough time with me and says I am not the happy-go-lucky person I used to be. He also finds my law school friends boring. I don’t know what to do.”

“Since coming to law school, I feel very depressed and anxious--even panicked about being called on in class. I’ve never felt this way before, but I’m afraid to go to the counseling center because I don’t want it to affect my bar application. What should I do?”

The sentiments behind these questions has been felt by almost any law student or graduate you encounter.  The purpose of these pages is to offer resources to see your way through these issues, should they apply to you.

Contact with VTLAP does not have to be reported on the Bar application. We urge you to call or e-mail VTLAP at any time you feel you may have a problem. Our services are free and completely confidential. We understand your concerns about seeking help. We also understand the stresses unique to law school and the legal profession, and how those stresses can lead to serious personal, academic, and professional problems. The earlier you address a problem, the better the result.