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HLS Wellbeing Working Group

Hello from the HLS Wellbeing Working Group!  We are a team of students, faculty, and staff charged with focusing on four questions:

  1. How can we create a community culture (including peers, faculty and staff and professionals) where all students feel connected and supported?
  2. How can we effectively  communicate about resources, policies, and procedures for mental health and well-being?
  3. How will we define and measure success for this work and any supports or programs considered?
  4. How can HLS become a leader in the space in a way that will better not just legal education, but also the legal profession?

We are always interested in hearing from students about ideas for programming or other ways we can support the community.  Please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions or ideas: Assoc. Dean for Student Services Jessica Soban; Sr. Director of Student Affairs Lakshmi Clark-McClendon; Professor Glenn Cohen; Professor Michael Gregory; Phebe Hong ’21; Sidarth Singh ’22; Sammy Camy ’23; Irene Kwon ’23

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About Live Well @HLS

Live Well @HLS strives to foster success at Harvard Law School and in the legal profession generally. We take a holistic approach to success by addressing the eight key areas of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, occupational, spiritual, social, and financial.

Workshops, groups, and events related to health, wellness, and academic skills are held for students during the academic year.

Report of the HLS Student Well-Being Working Group

Report of the HLS Student Well-Being Working Group

The Report

A Working Group consisting of students, faculty and staff was charged in 2018 with examining how best to build a supportive community culture, communicate resources, define and measure success, and ultimately become a leader in law student well-being. The group’s report includes comparative information regarding mental health challenges faced by law school students and the legal profession generally, a summary of HLS survey findings, a brief overview of actions taken in recent years, and four initial recommendations for improving student well-being.

Read the report here (secure PDF)