Wellbeing and positive mental health are an important and key component of academic success and a healthy lifestyle. As law students, in the addition to the supportive Allard Law community (including your peers, student services staff and your professors), you have a number of resources available to you.
UBC & ALLARD LAW RESOURCES
Assistant Dean, Students - meets with students experiencing health challenges or academic difficulties. She provides priority referrals to on- or off-campus resources, and advice on academic concessions and academic support.
UBC Counselling Services – the Allard School of Law has partnered with Counselling Services to provide an enriched service to law students. All Wellness Advisers and a core group of Counsellors have received training about responding to law student specific concerns with the goal of increasing the capacity of Counseling Services to better support law students. Current Allard Law students, for whom counselling is identified as an appropriate option, will be referred to one of the three Law counsellors.
- Drop-in and emergency appointments available. Priority referrals can be made by Assistant Dean, Students.
- Priority Counseling for indigenous students is available at the First Nations House of Learning: 1985 West Mall (please contact Associate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies for a referral)
Empower Me - offered through the AMS/GSS, is a mental health service offering counselling in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling. You can also speak to a life coach about subjects like personal performance, wellbeing, and relationships. Empower Me is available 24/7 and is available free of charge for students who are members of the AMS/GSS Student Health Plan.
- Call 1 844 741-6389 (toll-free) to be directly connected to the Empower Me Clinical Response Center,
- Log in to Empower Me using "Studentcare" as the password, or
- Download additional Empower Me student assistance tools through the Aspiria mobile app by entering "Studentcare" as the Login ID and selecting "Student" in the drop-down menu.
UBC Student Health Services - located at the UBC Hospital, this clinic run especially for students provides medical and psychiatry services.
Financial Assistance – Law students have a dedicated team of Enrolment Services Advisors who are available to assist students with their financially related questions. The Law ES Advisors provide advice on loans, bursaries, emergency funding and budgeting. If you would like any additional information on the financial assistance that may be available to you, please contact them.
Centre for Accessibility – works to create an inclusive living and learning environment for all students. Provides support to law students who require disability-related accommodations.
Support for Student Survivors of Sexual Assault - If you have experienced sexual assault or any other form of sexual misconduct, have received a disclosure of sexual misconduct, witnessed sexual misconduct or are supporting someone who has experienced sexual misconduct, you can get individualized information, advice and assistance.
Law Student Support Group (Alcohol/Drugs) - If you are a law student struggling with alcohol or drugs and looking for support, please reach out. A law student-run support group meets at Allard Hall weekly and we would be happy to meet you! Please contact the Assistant Dean, Students for more details.
Worried About a Friend? - It's easy to doubt your judgment about whether someone needs help, especially if the person you're worried about denies that anything is wrong. It's always better to do or say something if you're concerned.
LEGAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Lawyers’ Assistance Program - An independent organization of members of the legal community which offers confidential outreach, education, peer support and referral services to help people (including law students) deal with personal problems including alcohol and drug dependency, stress, anxiety and depression. Offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Meditation workshops at the law school each term.
JustBalance - is a support site aimed at promoting the well-being of Canadian law students. Supported by most Canadian law schools including Allard Law. Offers resources (blog posts, videos and testimonials) for law students and those who support them. Also provides UBC/Allard specific wellness resources.
Canadian Bar Association – Wellness – offers free online course, Mental Health and Wellness in the Legal Professional, designed to raise awareness about depression and mental illness and provide resources for prevention and treatment.
Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch Wellness Resources – provides links to helpful resources and articles pertinent to BC lawyers