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Student depression tackled online

Student depression tackled online

An entrepreneurial law graduate has set out to tackle depression at law school level, recently launching the website "Law School: A Survivor's Guide" (www.survivelaw.com). The site, which is…

An entrepreneurial law graduate has set out to tackle depression at law school level, recently launching the website "Law School: A Survivor's Guide" (www.survivelaw.com).

The site, which is being supported by the University of Technology Sydney, has been developed by UTS law graduate Wenee Yap to assist law students with a range of issues encountered at law school, including time management, studying and assessment, careers, and depression.

The hallmark of the site is an online advice guide, written by Yap and reviewed by an editorial board of legal academics, with chapters including "How to read 300 pages in 1 week without really trying" and "Ethical Lawyer. Not an Oxymoron".

Yap says one of the main aims of the site is to tackle some of the triggers that may lead to anxiety and depression among law students. "I wanted to create a collegial, supportive community - a sort of antidote to the kind of lonely competitiveness that tends to dominate law schools," she says.

She says the site is designed to provide a one-stop, online shop of information and resources to help law students bridge the gap between school and university, and then university into the workplace. "I wanted to offer ... the written equivalent of a friendly graduate taking you aside in first year and showing you the proverbial ropes. And I wanted to partner with universities and the profession to improve the law school experience and assist in publishing the range of career options available."

Yap also partnered with the University of NSW's Black Dog Institute and the Brain and Mind Research Institute for the project, and has a section of the site dedicated to the issue of depression.

See this week's Lawyers Weekly for the full report.

- Zoe Lyon

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