Stanford Law School is committed to the well-being of our students. We strive to help students face the challenges of law school and beyond by providing programming and services within the law school, and connecting students to services, resources, and activities available through the larger Stanford community.
We recognize that wellness is holistic and multi-dimensional, and may mean different things to each individual. Explore below for resources that offer programming to promote well-being across multiple dimensions of wellness: emotional/mental, physical, meaningful/spiritual, social, and financial.
The Office of Student Affairs staff is available to help you in your wellness journey. If you are not sure where to start, contact us or drop by for an appointment. We hope you will develop self-care routines that will serve you well in your time at SLS and in your future practice.
Wellness Week 2021
Each year, the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA COLAP work together on the Mental Health Day initiative. SLS uses the opportunity to provide additional programming and resources around mental health and wellness.
Naturally, your wellness shouldn’t be limited to a single week. We will plan more programming throughout the year, but we hope you take this opportunity to explore and establish healthy self-care and resilience strategies.
Ongoing: Robert Crown Library Intention-Setting Station
Set an intention. Stop by the law library second floor lounge to mindfully reflect on your intention(s) for the year, and memorialize your intention to a bookmark. Craft supplies, resources, and sweet treats will be available throughout the week at this self-led intention-setting station.
Ongoing: SLS Community Tree
Stop by the Russo Student Lounge to ‘leaf’ your mark on our Community Tree, a participatory art project. We invite you to add your own leaves to the project, or just read what others have contributed.
in the roots, to note a self-care practice that grounds you
on the trunk, to say what others can do to support you
in the crown, to signify your wishes for the year
falling off the tree, for habits or attitudes you wish to leave behind
Ongoing: We Are Stanford: A Festival of Reflection & Renewal
This fall festival marks the return of the full Stanford community to campus, offering a diverse range of ritual, artistic, commemorative and celebratory programs to express and hold all that we have been through, individually and collectively, over the last 18 months. Full schedule.
Wednesday, October 6: Pressed Juice, courtesy of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Stop by the student lounge starting at noon for fresh, healthy juice from Pressed, courtesy of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. While supplies last.
Thursday, October 7: Protecting Well-Being in Law School and in the Transition to Practice.
Join the ABA for a conversation with national thought leaders on law student well-being and the impact of the pandemic on law schools and the legal profession going forward. Moderated by the ABA Law Student Division Chair and includes panelists from the ABA Practice Forward Initiative as well as Professor Kate Bender, one of the three collaborators of the 2021 Survey of Law Student Well-Being.
Friday, October 8: The Rest of Your Life: How Downtime Fosters Smarts, Creativity & Compassion.
Establishing positive resilience strategies now will serve you well in practice. Join Donnovan Somera Yisrael, Senior Health Educator, Mental Health and Well Being at Stanford, for this engaging session. Donnovan has a wealth of information about Stanford mental health and wellness resources, and leads very popular coaching sessions. We’ll have time for anonymous, AMA questions as well. Lunch provided afterward to students who register by Oct. 5
Oct 25 – Nov 2: Stanford Contemplation By Design Summit
Free events to further individual, community, and planetary health and well-being. Contemplation By Design is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, campus-wide program cultivating resilience, well-being, wisdom, compassion, and sustainable, ethical, purposeful service.
Counseling and Mental Health
CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the university’s counseling center dedicated to student mental health and well-being. An on-call therapist is available 24 hours a day at (650) 723-3785.
CAPS @ SLS
The law school has partnered with CAPS to offer on-site counseling to law students (read more HERE). Dr. Riley Cropper understands the challenges unique to law students and is available to meet. To schedule time to meet with Dr. Cropper, please reach out to by phone (650) 723-3785, or book an appointment through vadenpatient.stanford.edu. Once you have logged in, select ‘Law Student Counseling Visit’ to select a time.
If you’ve never met with a counselor before, recognize that it sometimes takes a few tries to find a counselor that meets your needs. Law students are not required to meet with Dr. Cropper, as there are many other very qualified CAPS counselors. You can view their profiles here.
Bridge Peer Counseling Center
Anonymous, confidential, 24/7 peer counseling and support. Call (650) 723-3392 (between noon and 9 am) or visit in person at Munger Building 2, 895 Campus Drive, Room 102 (noon to midnight).
Campus resources to help you thrive
Stress Less. Be Happier. Accomplish Your Goals.
Explore your natural capacity to thrive, accomplish your goals, and handle challenging situations with more ease, resilience, and confidence through these Stanford resources. For a more complete list of resources, click here.
Well-Being at Stanford helps you cultivate the knowledge and life skills to live a healthy, vibrant lifestyle, manage stress, build resilience, and ensure positive interactions. Their mission is to empower individuals and communities to flourish through education, connection and positive culture change.
Financial Wellness with Mind Over Money
Stanford’s Mind Over Money program offers personal coaching, courses, and online personal finance modules.
SARA @ SLS
Nadia Kalley, Education & Outreach Specialist in the Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA) is available to (virtually) meet with law students. Her focus is on programming and support for graduate students in relation to sexual and relationship violence, and promoting a culture of consent.
Resources for Disordered Coping
Coping skills are the tools people use to help manage and navigate stressful situations or moments of being overwhelmed. Coping skills can be a healthy part of your self-care routine, but when done in excess can lead to disordered behavior (watching too much TV or playing video games, endlessly scrolling the internet, eating/drinking in excess, shutting down/lashing out). We hope you’ll use the resources available to develop a healthy self-care routine. If you find you’ve developed unhealthy coping skills as a result of stress or overwhelm, please reach out to OSA. We can get you the help you need.
In addition to the Stanford resources listed above, there are a number of statewide and national resources available specifically for law students who are dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Here are a few:
- ABA Law Students Division – Mental Health Essentials and Mental Health Resources
- ABA Substance Abuse & Mental Health Toolkit, for law school students and those who care about them
- CA State Bar Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP). This confidential program helps lawyers and law students and “provides a supportive structure for building a personal program of recovery from chemical dependency and/or mental health disorders.”
- The Other Bar. The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers, law students and judges throughout the state, dedicated to assisting others within the legal profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems. They are founded on the principle of anonymity and provide services in strict confidentiality.