Loneliness in COVID-19, Life, and the Law

111 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2021 Last revised: 27 Mar 2021

See all articles by Olivia Ash, Esq., MS

Olivia Ash, Esq., MS

Indiana University, School of Health and Human Sciences

Peter H. Huang

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: February 26, 2021


This Article analyzes loneliness in the COVID-19 pandemic, life, and the legal profession, especially in legal education. This Article examines: (1) loneliness: what it is, who is lonely, how loneliness affects an individual, and recent evidence about experiences of loneliness in the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) personal, organizational, and societal costs of loneliness; (3) current research about well-being and loneliness in the legal profession and legal education; (4) results from the first loneliness survey of law students; and (5) three evidence-based interventions to mitigate loneliness: mindfulness, talk therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy), and inclusion. In so doing, this Article investigates the individual, organizational, personal, professional, and social costs of loneliness.

Keywords: Loneliness, Well-Being, Social Isolation, Anxiety, Emotional Health, Mental Health, Mindfulness Meditation, Talk Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Inclusion

JEL Classification: I10, I12, I19, I21, I23, K49

Suggested Citation

Ash, Olivia and Huang, Peter H., Loneliness in COVID-19, Life, and the Law (February 26, 2021). Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, Forthcoming, U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21-9, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3793900 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3793900

Olivia Ash

Indiana University, School of Health and Human Sciences ( email )

Indianapolis, ID 46202
United States

Peter H. Huang (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

Colorado Law
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United States
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