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:
|Combined Inattentive & Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation has symptoms from both of the above presentations.|
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.
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 COACHING||Full Year (12 months)||Half-Year (6 months; begins in second semester)|
|Dates||August 1 – July 31 or September 1 – August 31||January 15 – July 15|
|Pay in Full (Save 10%)||$16,200||$10,800|
|Equal Monthly Payments||$1500/month||$2000/month|
|2L/3L/4L ADHD COACHING||12 Months|
|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.
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.
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.