Administrators at George Mason University School of Law are apparently bringing puppies to campus to help students cope with the stress of final examinations.

According to an article by Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post:

The stress of looming exams at George Mason University School of Law lifted for a couple of hours Thursday, thanks to the arrival of 15 homeless and adoptable puppies with velvety ears, soul-searching eyes and names like Doughboy, Sugar and Sue.

For high-strung law students, dogs and other animals can also provide a soothing presence. That’s a lesson researchers have learned from others in stressful environments, including soldiers in war zones and patients in rehabilitation centers.

Oh, that’s cute. One wonders what the school plans to do to help students cope with the upcoming stress of no jobs and massive debt. Baby elephants?

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer