Professional Identity Formation series

Mental Health and Well-being in the Legal Profession

Professor Jordana Confino, Assistant Dean of Professionalism and Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law

About The Curriculum

One of the best-kept secrets in the legal profession is that cultivating mental health and well-being will not only make you happier but also can greatly enhance your legal practice. This curriculum will provide an overview of mental health and well-being in the legal profession and teach you strategies to maximize your mental wellness so you can perform at your very best.

The Courses

  1. 1
    • Introduction and Background, with Senior Instructor Jordana Confino

  2. 2
    • Background and Overview

  3. 3
    • Lawyer Well-being

  4. 4
    • Lesson #1: Introduction

    • Lesson #2: Optimism & Gratitude

    • Lesson #3: Mindfulness

    • Lesson #4: Values

    • Lesson #5: Social Connection

    • Lesson #6: Exercise!

    • Lesson #7: Sleep

  5. 5
    • Final thoughts

Your Instructor

Photograph of Senior Instructor Jordana Confino

Senior Instructor

Jordana Confino

Assistant Dean of Professionalism; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law. As the Assistant Dean of Professionalism, Jordana oversees all aspects of the Professionalism Office’s work, including the 1L house system and the Law School’s wellness, professionalism, and peer mentorship offerings. Jordana also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Positive Lawyering and Peer Mentoring & Leadership. She was voted Fordham Law Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2021. Prior to joining Fordham, Jordana served as the Assistant Director of Academic Counseling, Acting Clerkship Advisor, and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. Jordana previously clerked for the Honorable Robert D. Sack on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for the Honorable Paul A. Engelmayer on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Jordana is an expert in lawyer and law student mental health and well-being. She serves as as Co-Chair of the General Programming Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Balance in Legal Education, and as a member of the Law School Assistance Committee of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, the ABA Attorney Well-Being Committee, and the NYC Bar Association Mindfulness & Well-Being in Law Committee. Jordana earned a Certification in Applied Positive Psychology from the New York Open Center in 2018.