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It's unlikely to surprise most law students, but being a lawyer is stressful and rather taxing on a person's mental health.

If it's not the actual case work, it's the case load, or unrealistic expectations of partners, bosses, clients, or even judges. And if you have a family or social life, well, don't expect any of that to make the stress of being a lawyer any easier. Fortunately for the law students at Penn Law, the school will begin teaching law students about how to develop good mental health habits for when the lawyer-stress eventually creeps up on them.

For many law students, and lawyers, their bedroom might be the only place in their homes where they can find the peace and quiet needed to study or work from home.

Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever tried to study in bed can attest to, studying in bed is a great way to start an unplanned, and incredibly disruptive (though usually amazing) nap. Additionally, by regularly using your bed, or even your bedroom, as your studying or working location, you might be impacting your normal sleep.

So what's a student or work-from-home lawyer to do?

When it comes to handing out free legal advice to friends, most lawyers have strong feelings against this, or will eventually develop them. But that doesn't mean you can't still talk to your non-lawyer friends about legal current events, or even Supreme Court cases.

However, it's pretty easy to recognize when your non-lawyer friends get that look on their faces that they have no idea what you've just said and are eyeing their way around the room looking for a way out of the conversation. It's the same one you get when you refuse to divulge confidential information about your only interesting client after that second martini. Fortunately, if you follow some of the tips below, you can at least avoid boring your friends with shop-talk about the High Court.

Lawyers, consider yourselves warned, according to the results of a recently released study, there is "no safe level of daily alcohol consumption."

According to science: That nightly cocktail, beer, glass (or bottle) of wine, isn't actually good for your health. And the more you drink, the worse it is for your health. And what's even worse is that the nightly drink often encourages a second or third, sometimes more than a few times a week, which leads to alcoholism. That's definitely not good for your health.

Being a lawyer can be stressful. And while the work can be fiscally, mentally, and spiritually rewarding, it is also rather taxing.

Taking regular vacations is a good way to ensure that the work doesn't grind you down. Below are five of the best vacation destinations for busy lawyers.

BigLaw Firms Ditch the Booze at Summer Associate Events

Some law firms finally got the memo: stop serving alcohol at firm events.

It's not like Prohibition; we know how that turned out. But law firms are learning that drinking alcohol is not a good idea at work.

Maybe alcohol-free zones -- like smoke-free zones -- will become the norm someday. In the meantime, major law firms have decided it's about time.

When lawyers want to make money, in many practices, all it takes is working more hours in the day, generating more revenue, and racking up those billable hours. For contingency practices, more hours may not translate to more pay right away, but the same idea still applies. Work more, earn more.

If your firm can support you by providing an endless amount of work, and incentivizes you to exceed minimum billable hour requirements, then the decision to put in extra hours is limited only by your own desire to make money. If you're not incentivized to exceed the minimums, then consider moonlighting. But, if there are incentives, you may want to consider the Michigan patent lawyer who recently made headlines for billing 3,600 hours in 2017. Hypothetically speaking, if he cleared $300 an hour of his own billables, he made over a million by billing alone.

According to a recent study discussed in the Harvard Business Review, lawyers are the loneliest group of workers in America. Given the legal profession's proclivity for long hours, alcoholism, and depression, most lawyers are probably thinking: I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

The study surveyed almost 2,000 full time employees across various industries. Interestingly, the findings correlate higher education with higher levels of loneliness and suggests that: "The solitude of the ivory tower seems to be a real phenomenon." There's no doubt that professional jobs, and those that require graduate degrees, are time consuming and often require long stretches of solitary work, which naturally can lead to feeling lonely.

You'd think that after making partner, you wouldn't have to pretend to be working when another partner walks by. However, for one New York attorney facing public censure, he's learning the hard lesson that there's a big difference between juggling content around on a computer monitor and falsifying your billing logs, even if you're not sending the padded bills on to your clients.

The lawyer admitted to the fact that he falsified almost 95 hours in order to show his partners that he was busier than he actually was, but fortunately the court believe that he never intended to send, and never did send, those falsified hours on to any clients.

There's no doubt that law school is stressful and that pets are great for reducing stress. It would seem that the two are a perfect pair.

However, pets require a certain level of attention and care that might be too much for some law students. Depending on the pet and the law student's living situation, it can be really beneficial or an additional stressor, especially if the pet is not suited to the environment, or solely dependent on the law student for care and attention.

Below you'll find three very important questions to ask yourself when deciding to get a pet while you're in law school.