Balancing a rigorous academic schedule, extracurricular activities, and one’s personal life can be overwhelming at times. Some issues that might arise include:
- Anxiety or fear of being called on in class (which affects class attendance)
- Problems related to alcohol or drug use
- Relationship difficulties
- Compulsive gambling
- Family issues, such as an ill parent or child
- Juggling school and one’s personal or family life
- Concern about the impact of a prior problem on possible bar admission
- Uncertainty about whether law school is the right choice for you
- Issues related to grades and academic performance
- Disrupted sleep or eating
The Student Affairs Office can be your first point of contact if you are dealing with any issues as a current law student. We can help you find the resources you need. Many of the resources can be found at Boston University and the Boston area, including:
- Boston University Educational Resource Center: provides academic support programs to the BU community, helping them excel in their studies.
- Student Health Services, including the Behavioral Medicine Clinic: includes a walk-in medical clinic, in-house laboratory, infirmary, confidential mental health and counseling services, and a crisis intervention counselor.
- Danielsen Institute: Boston University’s confidential mental health care clinic licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders: provides comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatments in individual and group formats, as well as in-depth assessments of psychological functioning.
- Boston University Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center: provides rapid, confidential, compassionate, supportive, and free-of-charge advocacy and assistance to BU students who have experienced a traumatic incident. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, physical assault, interpersonal violence, and other crimes.
- Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers, Inc.: LCL provides confidential counseling services for a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, work/family balance issues, questions related to information that must be reported to the bar authorities, and substance abuse.
Take the LCL self-tests for alcohol/drug; depression; bipolar disorder; problem gambling; ADHD
- International Students and Scholars Office: provides essential services and support to students, faculty, and staff to ensure student, scholar, and institutional compliance with federal regulations. The ISSO office provides professional expertise on immigration and employment issues.
- Center for English Language and Orientation Programs: ensures that students receive the most advanced methods of intensive English instruction from professionals.
24-Hour Hotlines Outside of University
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Chat now: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth)
- 866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
- CDC-INFO (Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline)
- 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
- Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), press 1
- Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse)
- 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- 24-hour online hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
- 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
- The Steve Fund/Crisis Text Line (mental health equity for students of color)
- Text STEVE to 741-741
- Crisis Text Line
- Get Help Now: Free, 24/7, Confidential
- Text START to 741-741