ADHD Coaching

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a persistent neurodevelopmental condition that can involve symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness. ADHD affects 4.4% of U.S. adults, but it’s over-represented within the legal field: a remarkable 12.5% of lawyers have ADHD. Because people who are attracted to the legal profession are often highly intelligent, many law students and lawyers with ADHD have spent their entire lives living with the symptoms and trying to compensate for them without even realizing they have it. Instead, they beat up on themselves and internalize negative self-talk (“I’m so lazy;” “Why can’t I get organized?”). The discovery that they have ADHD can be freeing for many students and lawyers, who finally understand that what is happening isn’t a personal failing, and that there are treatment options and coping strategies that can help them manage their challenges.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (DSM-5) requires adults to have at least five symptoms for a diagnosis of ADHD:

Inattentive Presentation

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention.
  • Does not appear to listen.
    Struggles to follow through on instructions.
  • Has difficulty with organization.
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring a lot of thinking.
  • Loses things.
  • Is easily distracted.
  • Is forgetful in daily activities.

Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair.
  • Has difficulty remaining seated.
  • Runs about or climbs excessively in children; extreme restlessness in adults.
  • Difficulty engaging in activities quietly.
  • Acts as if driven by a motor; adults will often feel inside like they were driven by a motor.
  • Talks excessively.
  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns.
  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others.
Combined Inattentive & Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation has symptoms from both of the above presentations.

Self-Screening Questionnaire

The World Health Organization created a self-screening questionnaire you can use to determine if you might have adult ADHD. This screening test is only a symptoms checklist, not a diagnostic test. When you complete the questionnaire, if the results suggest that you might have ADHD (at least four of your answers in Part A are located in the gray boxes), then you should consult a diagnosing professional and take a copy of the questionnaire with you to help with the diagnostic process.

Download the Adult ADHD Questionnaire (pdf)

ADHD isn’t one-size-fits all: the way the symptoms affect us is different for everyone. Even for students with a long-time diagnosis, the transition to navigating law school can pose a challenge. In addition to our standard academic coaching objectives, we’ll work together to explore strategies for managing your ADHD in a manner that best supports your academic goals, which might include:
  • Understanding the specifics of your ADHD and how it affects you
  • Developing safety net systems
  • Organization and perseverance
  • Staying on top of your to-do list
  • Managing distractions
  • Personal goal setting
  • ADHD’s impact on deadlines and time management
  • Capitalizing on your strengths
  • Cultivating accountability mechanisms
  • Taming the chaos and staying centered
In order to make sure the ADHD coaching relationship is a good fit for both of us, potential clients are charged an initial $150 evaluation fee. If I take you on as a client, this fee is applied to the cost of coaching tuition; if we do not work together, the fee will be refunded.

Interested in ADHD coaching? Contact me for more information or to set up an initial evaluation.

Attorneys and other professionals with ADHD: click here to learn more about executive coaching.

Law student ADHD coaching is virtual and can be conducted over videoconference or phone. Typically, videoconference is preferred because we will be working together interactively and sharing content. Because of the nature of the condition and its varying impact on each person, group ADHD coaching is not available.

FIRST YEAR LAW STUDENTS  •  All coaching for 1L students is designed to work in tandem with the structure of the first year of law school, in order to maximize the chances of success during that most critical time. For this reason, 1L students must participate in a 12-month (start of the school year) or 6-month (second semester only) individual coaching plan.

UPPERCLASSMAN LAW STUDENTS  •  Due to the variability of the law school curriculum after the first year, 2L/3L/4L students may select a 12-month, 6-month, or 3-month ADHD coaching plan depending on their goals.

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Are you a law student interested in receiving ADHD law school coaching? Contact me for more information or to set up an initial evaluation.

The standard tuition for law student ADHD coaching is as follows:

 1L ADHD COACHINGFull Year (12 months)Half-Year (6 months; begins in second semester)
DatesAugust 1 – July 31 or September 1 – August 31January 15 – July 15
Pay in Full (Save 10%)$16,200$10,800
Equal Monthly Payments$1500/month$2000/month

 

2L/3L/4L ADHD COACHING12 Months
(variable dates)
6 Months
(variable dates)
3 Months
(variable dates)
Pay in Full $16,200 (Save 10%)$8,100 (Save 10%)$4,275 (Save 5%)
Equal Monthly Payments$1500/month$1500/month$1500/month

There are several options available for families who are looking to add coaching to their law school student’s arsenal.

  • Some families factor the cost of coaching tuition in as an academic expense when calculating their financial aid needs for student loans.
  • Although it is not covered by insurance, ADHD coaching is a qualified medical expense that can be paid for by a health savings account (HSA).
  • For individuals who are interested in paying in installments but still want the benefit of the pay-in-full discount, PayPal Credit gives qualifying applicants the option to secure coaching services and pay over time. Simply look for the Pay Pal Credit button at checkout.

In order to make sure the ADHD coaching relationship is a good fit for both of us, potential clients are charged an initial $150 evaluation fee. If I take you on as a client, this fee is applied to the cost of coaching tuition; if we do not work together, the fee will be refunded.

Interested in ADHD coaching? Contact me for more information or to set up an initial evaluation.

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Important Information

In her capacity as Your Law School Coach, Kristin DiBiase is not a representative, agent or affiliate of Indiana University. Use of Your Law School Coach products and services does not create a contractual relationship between you and Indiana University and will not improve your chances of admission to Indiana University McKinney School of Law (IU McKinney) or Indiana University Maurer School of Law.