• A picture of a coil of movie film.

    The silver screen has always loved lawyers. From Atticus Finch to Vinny Gambini, Clarence Darrow to Rusty Sabich, lawyers have been among the most durable and popular characters on the big screen. Their legendary negotiation skills and effortless charisma makes them aspirational for every law grad. So if you’ve run through all the seasons of […]

  • Twitter 101

    Cops got your phone? Join us tonight (May 29) from 8pm to 9pm ET for a TweetUp about cell phone searches incident to arrest, and the recently argued Supreme Court cases, Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie. @StudentAppeal hosts @t10nbaum, @MUDDLAW, @SarahEliMattern, and @JamesHaggard as we discuss warrantless cell phone searches, and the preservation […]

  • Scenes from the Supreme Court following their ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act

    By JAMILA YOUNG – Coming to the close of law school, I was certain the time wasn’t right for me to practice law. I questioned myself and asked “So why did I go to law school”…



  • Lee Burgess & Alison Monahan

    By LEE BURGESS & ALISON MONAHAN – If you’ve ever wanted to get inside your professor’s head and take a look around, we’ve got the next best thing! Two former law school Teaching Assistants (who together covered Contracts, Torts, and Civ Pro) share ten tips that would have made their students’ lives a lot easier.

  • The entire semester has come down to this. The tests that will determine grade point averages, class rank, summer associate positions, job offers, life goals, etc. Finals season is upon law students.

  • By SARAH ELI MATTERN – I would recommend Themis to anyone. The price is right, the program solid, and the customer service superb. While I have some critiques of the new bar prep, they have instilled loyalty in me. I pray (fervently) that I will never have to take another bar exam, but if I do I will use Themis.


How Music Decreases Stress & Other Things Law Students Should Know

Follow Me

Sarah Eli Mattern

Editor In Chief at The Student Appeal
Sarah "Eli" Mattern launched The Student Appeal in April 2011 with her friend, Dawson Henry. Graduate of Florida A&M University College of Law, she practices as a Legal Aid attorney in Florida. Follow her on twitter @SarahEliMattern or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Follow Me

Short on time? Read this article in seconds using spritz.

Law school is a stressful place which, quite frankly, some people can’t handle.

Stress and depression often go hand-in-hand, one leading to the other in a vicious cycle. Below are a list of some things that you can help you combat stress and depression.


  1. You Don’t Control Your Grades. – So stop worrying and just focus on your schoolwork.
  2. You Don’t Control Whether You Get Hired – Until you are the interviewer, you have no control about whether you get hired and no one ever got hired because they worried themselves into it.
  3. Saying “no” – We completely understand that you want to run for a board position in every club at the school, but you shouldn’t. Even if you are a board member for a club, this does not mean you need to volunteer to chair or even help out with every event. Commit to certain events and certain extracurricular activities.
  4. Image copyright bottled_void (Flickr), 2012

  5. Limit Social Media Time – Digital networking and social media networking are crucial components to finding a job in this millennium. However, spending 5 hours a day online is unproductive and can lead to anxiety. Power down, and give it a rest. Facebook and Twitter will still be there when you’ve read all your cases.
  6. Avoid people who stress you out – This can be especially important in law school where you spend most of your time with the same people. If someone consistently annoys the heck out of you – avoid them. You can try to not let them bother you, but I find that outright avoidance is the surest bet. Another way this issue raises itself is during heated class debates. Now, I would never be a person to suggest not arguing your legal or political opinions during a healthy class discussion, BUT if everyday you are debating the same person with diametrical opinions to yours sometimes you just need to realize that your blood pressure can’t handle it today. Let it go.
  7. Limit Your “To-Do” List – It’s not a 20-super-on-fire-gotta-get-done-right-now list, it’s a checklist.
  8. Listen to Music – Last year a fabulous study came out which confirmed what many of us have felt all along, that music makes you feel better. (See Music Releases Dopamine To The Brain.) So, power up your Ipod and rock out! The more moving the music (think Whitney Houston, Journey, Bon Jovi, and Kelly Clarkson) the better you will feel after hearing it.
  9. Relaxation time – Take a nap. We’ve all said we didn’t appreciate “nap time” as children. Enjoy them now. Go to a yoga or meditation class. Go to the gym (this option also comes with an adrenaline and dopamine bonus). Do something you genuinely enjoy. I know law students read a LOT but if you miss reading for pleasure, set aside 20 minutes a day to do it.
  10. Laughter is the Best Medicine – Watch cartoons. Go to a comedy club. Take a laughter yoga class (no really, take one they are hilarious!) Watch a comedy. Whatever you find funny, take time to laugh.



Copyright © 2013 — The Student Appeal Law Journal. All Rights Reserved.