Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Kimberly Dellapaolera


On August 2, 1983, The American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the House of Delegates. This set of rules provides legal professionals with the guidance needed to uphold the rule of law and to preserve justice. In this set of rules, lawyers learn the duties of confidentiality, client relations, diligence, and the overall conduct owed to the courts. Furthermore, these duties can be demanding and oftentimes challenging. Therefore, this study examined the different ethical rules as they apply to lawyers and how these demands can impact their mental health. Interviews were conducted with six lawyers in Nebraska to help provide a first-person point of view. This study concluded that rather than the demands that follow the ethical standards of lawyers, it is the heavy workload and stressful environment that has the greatest potential to lead to mental health concerns.