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May 10, 2022

A Conversation with Profs. Bridgette Carr and Vivek Sankaran (Mental Health Awareness Month Episode)

A Conversation with Profs. Bridgette Carr and Vivek Sankaran (Mental Health Awareness Month Episode)

Are you pursuing a particular career path simply because you feel like you should? If so, it might be time to pause and listen to this conversation with University of Michigan Law School Professors Bridgette Carr and Vivek Sankaran about why being curious, trying new things, and staying connected to people you care about can help you to design a fulfilling life in the law. There is no yellow brick road, there is no checklist - but Bridgette and Vivek share many pieces of advice and personal reflections for anyone who is not quite fulfilled in their career. We hope you enjoy this special episode in the Mental Health Awareness Month series!


This month, May 2022, the Personal Jurisdiction and the How I Lawyer Podcasts are teaming up to feature five interviews on the important topic of mental health in the legal profession. In the second episode in the series, Hallie and Allison chat with University of Michigan Law School Professors Bridgette Carr and  Vivek Sankaran about how to design a fulfilling life in the law, while in law school and beyond. 

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Connect with Vivek on Twitter and on LinkedIn

Learn more about the Finding a Fulfilling Life in the Law Course designed and taught by Bridgette and Vivek at University of Michigan Law School. The course asks students to consider what they want out of life after law school and how they can create that life. The course applies innovative principles of problem solving to the concept of designing your life in and beyond law school. 

Bridgette and Vivek also recently launched an exciting new business—LawLifeProf Coaching—to help lawyers in practice build a toolbox for a fulfilling life. Learn more about Bridgette and Vivek's LawLifeProfs coaching business

Bridgette Carr is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Michigan Law School. She is also the founding director of the Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic, the first clinical law program solely devoted to addressing this issue comprehensively. Bridgette is also a first generation college graduate who wasn’t sure law school was for her. She didn’t so a journal or apply for a clerkship, and instead spent her spare time during law school working at a local legal aid office and an asylum shelter. Despite now being an expert on human trafficking, Bridgette hadn’t heard of human trafficking work until after she graduated from law school.  

Vivek Sankaran is also a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He directs both the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, through which law students represent children and parents in trials and appellate proceedings. He is also a father of three boys, he loves coaching youth sports, and he is learning to play the guitar. 

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