Student Wellbeing Policy

The wellbeing of our law students is of paramount importance to Duquesne University School of Law. We encourage and support student wellbeing for the mind, body and spirit.

At Duquesne University School of Law, we are concerned about law students' personal wellbeing as well as their academic achievement. Law students are encouraged to develop healthy habits that will sustain them through the demands of law school and their legal careers. One of the keys to success in law school involves managing the volume of work and the stress associated with the workload. To manage stress students need to stay healthy by doing the following:

  • Making healthy food choices
  • Exercising regularly
  • Treating illness as it crops up
  • Handling an emergency or injury right away
  • Seeking help whenever necessary

In particular, the faculty and administration of the School of Law recognizes that the stresses of law school may lead to drug and alcohol abuse and dependency and mental health issues. Early intervention is the key to avoiding or addressing such problems. Accordingly, any student struggling with any such issues is strongly encouraged to immediately seek help from one of the resources listed below.

Policy Implementation

The School of Law has established a Wellness Committee, which will work to implement the above Student Wellbeing Policy by creating toolkits for achieving wellbeing and by working with the School of Law and University administrations to ensure that students have a safe, clean working environment and affordable healthy food choices. In addition, they will schedule regular programming to advance student wellbeing.