The University of Mississippi School of Law promotes wellness to ensure law students have various opportunities to maintain balance while in law school. It is important for students to care for themselves mentally and physically when facing the challenges of law school so that they continue to lead healthy lifestyles after graduation:
Intellectual wellness is being open to new ideas, being creative, thinking critically, and seeking out new challenges. The law school’s superb faculty provides students with an academically challenging curriculum. The intellectual life at the law school is vibrant and there are many opportunities for students to take part in scholarship to sharpen skills needed to practice law. Additionally, the Grisham Law Library provides resources for research, writing, and technology needs. If a student feels like additional academic support is needed, our Academic Excellence Program may be able to provide assistance.
Spiritual wellness includes finding meaning in life events, demonstrating individual purpose, & living a life that reflects your values and beliefs. The university’s RebelWell program offer resources and tools for mindfulness and other useful wellness information. Also, many of our law student organizations and campus organizations offer outlets for spiritual wellness on campus.
Social Wellness is building relationships with others, dealing with conflicts appropriately, and connecting to a positive social network. The School of Law has several outlets for social wellness. Our Office of Conflict Resolution and Law School conflict management team (contact Macey Edmondson for this information, firstname.lastname@example.org) can provide support for issues of conflict. The Law School Student Body provides social opportunities throughout the year and, of course, there are numerous events on campus and sporting events to attend.
Environmental wellness is being aware of the interactions between the environment, community and yourself as well as behaving in ways that care for each of these responsibly. We hope you take the time to volunteer your time and talents to the university and Oxford communities while in law school.
Physical Wellness is taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning. The University of Mississippi campus offers a number of ways to do this. You can use the Turner Center which is conveniently located near the law school. The law school offers a Wellness Program Challenge (include link here wherever you put it on the website) to encourage students to maintain balance in their lives. But, if you are not feeling well, you should see a physician at the Student Health Services Center on campus.
Financial Wellness is living within your means and learning to manage your finances for the short and long term. This includes learning to make smart decisions about your money. The Office of Student Affairs is currently developing a Financial Literacy Program. More details will be given once the program is finalized.
Emotional and Mental Wellness
Emotional Wellness is having a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong sense of self, and the ability to recognize & share a wide range of feelings with others in a constructive way. Our Counseling Center offers a variety of programs, including meditation, to help manage stress and anxiety. If a student is in recovery, the Mississippi Bar has options for students or you can join a Law Student ListServ. The ABA’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs maintains a confidential listserv for recovering law students. Interested students can join this group by contacting Niki Irish at email@example.com.
Occupational wellness is seeking to have a career that is interesting, enjoyable, meaningful, and that contributes to the larger society. The law school has a variety of departments and programs to assist you with career choices. While you are in law school, you should take advantage of the clinical programs and externship opportunities. Our Career Services Office helps students develop individualized career plans and provides instruction on job search skills. Additionally, the various law school student organizations can provide resources specific to certain areas of law.