Members of the State Bar are eligible for participation in a program aimed at helping attorneys dealing with emotional and physical health problems affecting both their personal and professional lives.


Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) — The LAP provides confidential rehabilitation support for attorneys dealing with substance abuse or mental illness. Professional help is also available to attorneys suffering from stress, burnout, depression or chemical dependency. 877-LAP 4 HELP (877-527-4435) 

Training for overcoming burnout

Renewal Retreat logo Earn nine hours of MCLE credit and get revitalized with the “Renewal Retreat: Reignite Your Passion for the Law” workshop from May 18-20, 2016 at the Granlibakken resort in Tahoe City, just north of Lake Tahoe. Seminars will focus on learning to deal with stress, fighting burnout, finding a balance between work and home life and finding legal careers outside the box. There will also be workshops in meditation and effective. Training is for attorneys at all levels of their careers. Sign up on the Continuing Education of the Bar website.


Our new video series features participants in the Lawyer Assistance Program as well as State Bar officials, counselors and medical specialists who run it. Watch the first part of a new State Bar video series.(5:07 minutes)

Want to know more? Watch part two of "The Lawyer Assistance Program Experience." (Written transcripts of Part 1 and Part 2 are also available for the hearing-impaired.)

Self-Assessment Tests

Have you ever been depressed, anxious, or concerned about your use of alcohol or drugs? If so, we encourage you to complete one or more of the self-assessment tests listed below.

Although these tests cannot serve as a substitute for a professional evaluation, the results can help decide if you should contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for a more thorough professional assessment.

LAP News to Use



Get information about the LAP Oversight Committee.

Self-Study MCLE

Receive a low-cost self-study package approved for one hour of MCLE credit in the prevention of substance abuse.

For questions email the program at


The Other Bar
A confidential counseling and referral resource for California lawyers, judges, law students and their families for help with alcoholism, drug abuse and related personal problems.

Lawyer's LifeRing
LifeRing is a program of peer support groups for members of the legal community contemplating the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, free of drugs and alcohol. 

Resources on health and aging
Various studies link financial health with your physical health. But with a little planning you can ward off those problems. Find out why stress from money problems can hurt your physical health with information from the National Institute on Aging.