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.

Wellbeing Resources

Students are always welcome to meet with the Dean of Students about any problems or concerns.  Whether an issue is an academic or a personal concern that may adversely impact academics, the Dean of Students works with students to get the help they need and to develop strategies to manage problems.  All matters are kept strictly confidential so long as no threat of harm to self or another appears imminent.

Duquesne University supports law student wellbeing with the following services.

  1. Center for Student Wellbeing
    1. Counseling and Wellbeing Center, Room 636 Fisher Hall, Phone: 412.396.6204
    2. Health Services, 2nd Floor, Union, Phone: 412.396.1650
    3. Sports and Recreation, 2nd Floor, Power Center, Phone: 412.396.5050. Basketball/volleyball courts, Racquetball courts, Cardio equipment, Fitness studios, Weight room, Exercise classes. Towers Swimming Pool. McCloskey Field. Basketball/Street Hockey Court. Tennis Court.
  2. DU CARES, Assumption Hall, 412.396.5834 Drug and alcohol counseling and information.
  3. Disability Services, 309 Student Union, 412.396.6658 – resources on receiving accommodations for disabilities
  4. Psychology Clinic, 227 Rockwell Hall, 412.396.6562 – Affordable services provided by doctoral students in Duquesne University's clinical psychology program who are working under the supervision of licensed clinical faculty members and selected licensed adjunct faculty psychologists in the community.
  5. Campus Ministry– located on the ground level of the Towers Living Learning Center, the Spiritan Campus Ministry Center (SCMC) houses a relaxing lounge area, a study room, a café and kitchen, and reflection space.  University chapel holds masses every day.

Outside Wellbeing Resources are also available for law students:

American Bar Association wellbeing resources – the ABA offers wellbeing tips and links for law students.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers – Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. is a comprehensive assistance program designed to meet the unique needs of law students, lawyers, judges and their family members who are struggling with alcohol and drug related problems or with stress, anxiety, depression, gambling and other emotional and mental health issues. Lawyers' Confidential Helpline: 1.888.999.1941.

Law School Academic Success Project – the Law School Academic Success Project offers wellness advice and resources.