Russell and Duenes

Law School: A Lack of Sleep is No Badge of Honor

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sleepPerhaps some will think me whiny, but somehow it seems disingenuous to me to have people, both in and out of law school and the legal profession, wringing their hands about the increased rates of depression and substance abuse among law students and lawyers, and then continue to structure law school studies such that it almost inexorably leads to much lower amounts of sleep, which tends to lead to, wait for it, higher levels of depression and substance abuse.

You wouldn’t know it by the law school curriculum, nor by listening to some people talk about when they go to bed, but a lack of sleep is no badge of honor. It doesn’t give one the, “I believe in hard work” bona fides. It ought not count as some kind of rite of passage. (What it could be a passage to, I have no idea, other than…depression and substance abuse).

What lack of sleep does is trample down human health – both physical and emotional, shorten our lives, and arrogate to ourselves a self-importance of which we are not worthy. We must sleep because we are not God. We do well to remember it.

Now, off to bed.



Written by Michael Duenes

April 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

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  1. The same could be said about medical school!


    April 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    • K – Yep!


      russell and duenes

      April 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      • Yup.

        Samson J.

        April 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

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