"How to Sort of Be Happy in Law School" — A Conversation with Prof. Katie Young
April 17, 2019
UMass Amherst Campus
Please join us for a post-talk reception honoring UMass students headed to law school in the fall.
Interested in law school? Come talk with Professor Katie Young about her new book How to Sort of be Happy in Law School and learn how to approach law school on your own terms: how to tune out the drumbeat of oppressive expectations and conventional wisdom to create a new breed of law school experience altogether.
Each year, over 40,000 new students enter America's law schools. Each new crop experiences startlingly high rates of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and dissatisfaction. Kathryne M. Young was one of those disgruntled law students. After finishing law school (and a Ph.D.), she set out to learn more about the law school experience and how to improve it for future students. Young conducted one of the most ambitious studies of law students ever undertaken, charting the experiences of over 1000 law students from over 100 different law schools, along with hundreds of alumni, dropouts, law professors, and more.
Young provides readers with practical tools for finding focus, happiness, and a sense of purpose while facing the seemingly endless onslaught of problems law school presents daily.
Kathryne M. Young is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches courses on social psychology, criminal procedure, and sociology of law. Young holds a JD from Stanford Law School, a PhD from Stanford University, and an MFA from Oregon State University.
Co-sponsored by: History, Sociology, Legal Studies, and the Pre-Law Advising Office.