Dugas, Daryl M.
Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)
Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)
This dissertation examines the relationship between depression, anxiety, and stress among first-year law students and the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Surveys using the DASS–21, DREEM questionnaire, Satisfaction with Life scale and qualitative questions were administered to first-year law students at 44 randomly selected law schools across the United States. In the largest modern mental health study to date, responses totaled 5% of the first-year law student population. Results showed no significant relationship between depression, anxiety, and stress of first-year law students and the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Substantial depression, anxiety, and stress of first-year law students were found. Additionally, significant differences of qualitative data relating to the U.S. News and World Report rankings were found. Implications for future research and the legal academy are discussed.
Carey, Amanda, "The Fog of Blackacre: Exploring Depression, Anxiety, and Stress of the American Law Student" (2020). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6898.
Northern Illinois University
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