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Kathryne Young, How to be Sort of Happy in Law School (Stanford University Press, 2018)



The book contains information to increase your happiness in law school, the five main parts of the book are illustrated below:

  1. Getting a handle of your situation: you are not the only person that feel distressed by work of law school and it is pivotal for you to reevaluate the reasons why you chose to study at law school in the first place

  2. Being yourself: there is no need to fit the mould and there is no single type of ‘perfect student’

  3. The elusive search for balance: learn how to alleviate stress, manage finances and improve mental well-being

  4. Managing relationships: how to balance different expectations from people

  5. Academic success: how to choose the right courses and ace the exams


Review:

  • The author provides a realistic view on how being a law student could be stressful at times. This book combines the author’s own observations with the results of her research study by charting the experiences of over 1000 law students. Given that this book is not research-focused, the author made her points with a humorous twist and witty remarks. Therefore, if you are looking for a fun yet informative book, this one's for you.

  • Personal favourite: Ch. 9 The Art of Alleviating Stress

  • This chapter is dedicated to teaching us how to reduce stress. In law school, we easily fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. While some degree of stress could motivate us to do better, constantly comparing ourselves to peers could backfire. Thus, this chapter would be for you if you are constantly experiencing stress or suffering from imposter syndrome. It is important to remember that there is always time for you to improve and it is totally permissible to take a break from school if you are feeling overwhelmed.

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