Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Student Wellness

In compliance with the State of Illinois Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act, all incoming students of Loyola University Chicago have the opportunity identify any adult individual/s that you would wish to be notified in the event that a qualified mental health provider employed by the university refers you for inpatient psychiatric hospital care if it is determined  you might pose a danger to yourself or to others.  

 Completion and submission of this form is completely optional.  If you do not wish to designate such a contact person, there is nothing more you need to do.  If you do wish to designate such a contact person, or to revise or withdraw a previous selection, please complete the online form that is available here:  https://lucweb.luc.edu/mhd

Resources:  Receiving Feedback and Self Care

As a law student and a future attorney, it is important to take care of yourself so that you can maximize your learning while in law school and be prepared to effectively serve your clients and the public interest.  Below are some resources that might be helpful for you.  We strongly encourage you to reach out to your supervisor and/or the faculty and administration at Loyola if you find yourself in need of support handling issues you are encountering in your classes, extracurricular activities, personal life, internships, externships, outside work, clinics or other settings.

Receiving Feedback

Soliciting and handling feedback that you receive from your professors, supervisors and others is a skill that can be cultivated.  The feedback you receive is an important and powerful means to advance your professional learning goals.  Here are some resources that can enhance your ability to receive feedback constructively and to harness it to advance your professional growth:

Blog Post:  How to Receive Feedback and Criticism, by Kevin Kruse (Forbes, Aug. 12, 2014) (attached)

TedX Talk by Sheila Heen:  How to Use Others’ Feedback to Learn and Grow (June 22, 2015) (available on YouTube): This is a great 20 minute overview.

Book:  Thanks for the Feedback:  The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well, by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (2014) (available on Amazon)

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation are great techniques to help manage stress and anxiety, improve attention and concentration as well as to help you “unplug” and be more present in the current moment.  Even if you are skeptical, we encourage you to try it – the brain science research on the benefits of meditation are clear. There are lots of resources on this subject, and we are including a few here.

Blog Post:  7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain, by Alice G. Walton (Forbes, Feb. 9, 2015)

Apps:  Headspace and Calm.  Both Headspace and Calm include short (10 minute) meditations that can be built into even very busy schedules.  Both offer free content and then additional content by subscription (including modules on anxiety, stress and sleep), and both are designed to introduce people to meditation practice. 

Book:  The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day (2016), by Andy Puddicombe

Book: Unplug:  A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers (2017), by Suze Yalof Schwartz

Health and Wellness Issues

If you are experiencing issues related to stress, anxiety, depression or other health or mental health concerns, we encourage you to make an appointment with the Wellness Center if you do not already have outside professional assistance.  The Wellness Center provides high quality interdisciplinary medical, mental health, and health promotion services. 

The Wellness Center at the Water Tower Campus is across the street from the law school on the second floor of the Terry Student Center, 26 E. Pearson, Suite 250.  Visits to the Wellness Center are by appointment only.  You can make an appointment by calling 773-508-8883. Same day appointments are usually available, and emergencies will be accepted immediately.

Office Hours During the Academic Year are:

Monday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Hours During Summer and Winter Break

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

When the Wellness Center is Closed: Getting Nurse Advice

If you have symptoms or health issues you would like to discuss with a nurse when the Wellness Center is closed, please call one of the numbers below.

For all students: 877-924-7758

For emergencies, call 911 or 44911 on campus.

Additional Wellness Resources:

http://abaforlawstudents.com/events/initiatives-and-awards/mental-health-resources/
http://www.lawlifeline.org/articles/444-managing-law-school-stress

Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP)

LAP offers free and confidential services, including consultations, assessments, individual and group therapy, referrals and interventions, to Illinois law students at no cost whatsoever.  Law students can call LAP for assistance for themselves and for their classmates.  

You can contact the LAP by e-mail or telephone at: gethelp@illinoislap.org or 312.726.6607 | 800-LAP-1233.

Administration, Faculty and Ministry Resources:

  • Jim Faught, Associate Dean for Administration, 312.915.7131 jfaught@luc.edu
  • Father Jerry Overbeck, Chaplain, 312-915-7186, joverb2@luc.edu
  • Josie Gough, Director of Experiential Learning, 312-915-7887, jgough@luc.edu
  • Maureen Kieffer, Director, Office of Career Services, 312-915-7124, mkieffer1@luc.edu
  • Mary Bird, Director, Public Service Programs, 312-915-7661, mbird1@luc.edu
  • Miranda Johnson, Director, Education Law and Policy Institute, (312) 915-7952, mjohnson11@luc.edu