Information for Current Students

Dealing with Law School Stress

At the School of Law, students can find a variety of services that will meet their needs.

Academic Support

Assistance is provided to law students through the availability of academic support using a variety of methods. Kate Rowan, meets with students individually and also teaches advanced writing courses to strengthen the practice ready skills of our students. Students also receive academic support through individual meetings with faculty, and through upper-class mentors and some tutoring offered by a number of student organizations.

One-on-One Assistance

The Vice Dean for Student Affairs meets individually with students to provide guidance and assistance with academic and personal concerns. The Vice Dean makes referrals as appropriate for other services and support within the School of Law and University community.

UB Counseling Services

UB’s Counseling Services are available to students without charge by experienced psychologists and clinical social workers.  They also have a psychiatrist on call if needed.  They will see a student who “drops in” for a half hour emergency appointment or the student may call for an appointment.

    UB Counseling Services
    120 Richmond Quad (Campus map)
    University at Buffalo (North Campus)
    716-645-2720

UB Health and Wellness

Law school can be a stressful time. The University's Student Wellness Education Services can provide help with nutritional counseling, smoking cessation, stress reduction and other issues.

Depression and Anxiety Student Support Group

The support group provides a safe place to meet and receive support in a peer environment.  Led by attorney Joshua Dubs '08, the support group meets:

When: Every Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Jury Room, O'Brian Hall
(Entrance is located across from Room 112)

Lawyers with Depression Group

Lawyers with Depression is a confidential support group for those struggling with depression in the legal profession, giving lawyers a place to share and find support for their depression while practicing law.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional - they are a checkup from your neck up.

This program is completely anonymous and confidential and, immediately following the brief questionnaire, you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee

Established by the Erie County Bar Association, the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee provides a confidential channel of communication for attorneys and judges experiencing alcohol or drug-related difficulties. Each year the Committee gives a presentation to first-year law students where they talk about depression, substance abuse, and support services available through the Erie County Bar Association’s for students who need help or are in trouble.

Lawyer Assistance Program

The New York State Bar Association’s Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) provides education and confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law school students, and immediate family members who are affected by the problem of substance abuse, stress, depression or other mental health issues.  Its goal is to assist in the prevention, early identification, and intervention of problems that can affect professional conduct and quality of life. All LAP services are confidential and protected under Section 499 of the Judiciary Law.

For assistance, call 1-800-255-0569 or contact nysbalap@hushmail.com.

LawLifeline.com

An online service for law students, LawLifeline provides information about a wide range of emotional health issues, such as including anxiety, depression and stress. It also offers an anonymous, confidential web-based resource center allowing students to search for information and learn how to go about seeking help if they need it.

Information on the website covers a wide-range of emotional health topics relevant for law students in their daily lives. In addition, the site features a Self-Evaluator, a confidential mental health screening tool created in collaboration with Duke University to assess the issues for which a student may need to seek help.