Charleston Law students, legal professionals gather to discuss mental health and addiction

The Charleston School of Law and Lawyers Helping Lawyers hosted a Professionalism Series event to build awareness of mental heath and addition challenges in the legal industry.

Student leaders Gabriel Mangold and Jonathan Raley, Dean of Students Nick Sanders and Beth Padgett from Lawyers Helping Lawyers led the discussion. In addition, Charleston Law students had the opportunity to hear the inspiring stories from three legal professionals and their experiences with addiction.

According to a survey of 3,300 law students from 15 law schools, the American Bar Association revealed:

  • 37% experience mild to severe anxiety

  • 25% are “at risk” for alcohol addiction

  • 17% suffer from depression

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The Charleston School of Law is committed to nurturing the well-being and success of our students. We believe that when our students give more to themselves, they have more to give and contribute to our mission to serve the greater good. We believe in teaching our students to not only lawyer well, but to live well.

We want our students to feel well and do well — for themselves and others.

The Charleston School of Law community is committed to a culture of wellness that prioritizes the whole student.  The Charleston School of Law provides a full range of on-campus Wellness programs in addition to a variety of virtual offerings. Each program focuses on developing skills to cultivate resilience, growth and self-knowledge so students can thrive during law school and throughout their careers.


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors sixth in the country for faculty accessibility and No. 12 nationwide in quality of teaching (2022)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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