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Embarking On A New Program, Eh?

Yale Law School has a new way to combat stress from school: 30 minute consultations with a bull dog. Hakan Caglav/iStockphoto hide caption

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Yale Law School has a new way to combat stress from school: 30 minute consultations with a bull dog.

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Ah, Yale. The bastion of progressive legal thinking. The law school recently announced a new plan to assist law students in their, er, research? Thirty minute sessions with a bull dog named Monty.

From The New York Times:

While the law school is saying little so far about its dog-lending program, it has distributed a memo to students with the basics: that Monty will be available at the circulation desk to stressed-out students for 30 minutes at a time beginning Monday, for a three-day trial run.

"It is well documented that visits from therapy dogs have resulted in increased happiness, calmness and overall emotional well-being," Blair Kauffman, the law librarian, wrote in an e-mail to students.

NPR budgeters, please note whether this increases scores on the Bar Exam. If so, I'll take a Bernese Mountain Dog.

And you think this would fly at a state-funded university? Read the full article here.