The 2014 Survey of Law Student Well-Being (SLSWB) was the first multi-law school study of its kind in over 20 years. Data was collected addressing law student use of alcohol and street drugs, prescription drug use, and the mental health concerns and help seeking attitudes of law students. The seminal 2016 article summarizing results of the SLSWB has been downloaded almost 11,000 times.
With a desire to learn whether law student behaviors, mental health, and help seeking attitudes have changed since 2014 and to learn more about how trauma may affect law students, as well as how mental health issues and other concerns may affect law students’ bar preparation, the SLSWB authors received grant support to conduct an updated survey. Results of the 2021 Updated Survey of Law Student Well-Being from more than 40 U.S. schools (about 20% of all U.S. law schools) compares data from the 2014 survey, while adding a discussion of new topics, including how trauma affects law students, the extent to which mental health and other concerns may affect bar exam passage, and a summary of open-ended comments from students about what law schools do well and could do to improve law student well-being.