Resources Link for Law Students Encountering Problems 

  • Regional Law School Contact Information
  • Professional Bar Associations
  • Mental Health Substance Abuse Resources
  • Financial Aid
  • Department of Education Statement


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Stress, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assistance 

BarCARES – Confidential, Free of Charge

Help in dealing with problems that might be causing distress or to identify resources for longer term assistance

BarCARES Coordinator:  919-929-1227 or 1-800-640-0735



NC Lawyer Assistance Program – Confidential, Free of Charge

Short-term counseling and crisis management, intervention assistance, assessments, referrals to outside resources (such as therapists and treatment centers), long-term aftercare case management and follow up, on-going support, or just a safe space to discuss your issues

Charlotte Area:  704-910-2310

Website:  www.nclap.org


Financial Aid

Access Group –nonprofit organization providing financial education resources and services for students and schools with a particular focus on legal education

General Inquiries:  484-653-3300 or general@accessgroup.org

Website:  www.accessgroup.org 

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid

FAQ page regarding school closures and the effect on student aid:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/closed-school#ed-help

Federal loan Discharge information:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school

Federal loan Deferment and Forbearance:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/deferment-forbearance#deferment-eligibility

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Transferring Law Schools – Regional Law School Information 

Campbell School of Law

Transfer/ Visiting:  https://law.campbell.edu/page.cfm?id=203&n=transfers-visitors

Charleston School of Law

Admissions:  https://www.charlestonlaw.edu/Prospective-Students/How-to-Apply.aspx

Transfer:  https://www.charlestonlaw.edu/Prospective-Students/ABA-Consumer-Information-Standard-509/Transfer-of-Credit-Policy.aspx  

 Elon School of Law

Transfer:  https://www.elon.edu/e/law/admissions/how-to-apply/transfer-students.html

Visiting:  https://www.elon.edu/e/law/admissions/how-to-apply/visiting-student-applicants.html

 Duke School of Law

Transfer/ Visiting:  https://law.duke.edu/admis/apply/transvis/

 NCCU School of Law

Transfer:  https://www.nccu.edu/law/admissions/transfer-students.cfm

Visiting:  https://www.nccu.edu/law/admissions/visiting-student.cfm

University of Richmond School of Law

Transfer/ Visiting:  https://law.richmond.edu/admissions/apply/

University of South Carolina School of Law

Transfer:  https://gould.usc.edu/how/transfer/

Visiting:  https://gould.usc.edu/how/transfer/visitinfo.cfm

 UNC School of Law

Transfer:  https://www.law.unc.edu/admissions/applynow/transfer/

Visiting:  https://www.law.unc.edu/admissions/applynow/visiting/

 UVA School of Law

Transfer:  https://www.law.virginia.edu/html/prospectives/transfers.htm

Wake Forest School of Law

Transfer:  https://admissions.law.wfu.edu/apply/transfer/

 William and Mary Law School

Transfer  https://law.wm.edu/academics/programs/transferstudents/

Loan Discharge Application CLOSED SCHOOL


Bar Associations 

NCBA Law Student Division

Website:  https://www.ncbar.org/members/divisions/law-students/

Division Director Will Quick:  919-573-6213 or wquick@brookspierce.com

American Bar Association

Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar:  https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education.html

Approved Law Schools FAQ:  https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/frequently_asked_questions.html

ABA Law Student Division:  https://abaforlawstudents.com/law-student-leadership/meet-our-leaders/

Charlotte School of Law Denial Correspondence 2016

See More:  Charlotte School of Law Denial Letter 2016

Department of Education Statement


 Charlotte School of Law Statement 



The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys

In February 2016 the Journal of Addiction Medicine published a report describing Substance Abuse and Mental Health issues among attorneys.  Establishing itself as one of the most comprehensive studies to date, utilizing nationwide data, the results are troubling at best.

Of attorneys engaged in the practice of law:

  • Twenty One percent meet the description of a “Problem Drinker”
  • Twenty Eight percent live suffer from some level of depression
  • Nineteen percent exhibit anxiety symptoms

The highest incidence of issues manifests itself within the grouping of “young” lawyers, defined as attorneys whom have practiced ten years or less.

The Journal surveyed 12,825 employed attorneys, evaluating alcohol and drug use, and assessing also symptomatology of stress, depression, and anxiety.

Study Results:


  • “Substantial” rates of behavioral health problems were found
  • Positive for Hazardous, Harmful, and Potentially Alcohol-Dependent Drinking (20.6%)
  • Significant Levels of:
    • Depression (28%)
    • Anxiety (19%)
    • Stress (23%)
  • Younger age predicted higher frequencies of drinking and quantity of alcohol consumed


 Attorneys experience problematic drinking that is hazardous, harmful, or otherwise consistent with alcohol use disorders at a higher rate than other professional populations. Mental health distress is also significant. These data underscore the need for greater resources for lawyer assistance programs, and also the expansion of available attorney-specific prevention and treatment interventions.



See More:  North Carolina Lawyer Assistance HOW TO GET HELP



10 Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

  • Hiding Use or Lying About Consumption
  • Using Alcohol to for Relief
    • Relaxation
    • Feeling Better
    • Taking the Edge Off
    • Drinking more on a Tough Day
  • Loss of Memory
    • Blacking Out
    • Broken Promises
    • Forgetting Conversations
    • Confusing People or Events
  • Inability to Stop or Limit Consumption
    • “Finishing Off” open bottles of Wine, Beer, or Alcohol
  • Risky Drinking
    • Consumption before or during work
    •  Against Doctor’s Orders
      • Medication Issues
      • Long Term Conditions
  • Not Meeting Responsibilities
    • Problems at Work
    • Loss of Clients
    • Loss of Staff
    • Missing Projects
    • Affecting Day-to-Day Duties
  • Problems with Relationships
    • Trouble with Friends, Significant Other, and Family
  • Functional Tolerance
    • Ability to Drink More
    • Increased Consumption in Amount and Frequency
    • Increased Amount Necessary
  • Withdrawal from Non-Consumption
    • Reaction to Lack of Alcohol
      • Anxiety
      • Nausea
      • Depression
      • Tiredness
      • Irritability
      • Trouble Sleeping
      • Loss of Appetite
      • Shakiness or Trembling
  • Inability to Quit for more than short periods of time

The stated warning signs are just that:  Signs of the potential for alcohol abuse and problematic drinking.

One need not be deemed an “alcoholic” to fall within the category of a problem drinker.

Indeed, increased imbibing may other mask mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.



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Bill Powers
Founding Partner at Powers Landreth PLLC