Law students experience mental health concerns at rates higher than other graduate students, which can lead to substance abuse and other ineffective methods of coping. Even though research suggests that more than 40% of law students recognize that they need help, they also report that only about half take the necessary steps to get it (Organ, Jaffe, & Bender, 2016). Law students may fear that seeking help will threaten their academic status, their bar admission, and their ability to get a job. However, seeking support for mental health and/or substance use problems while in law school is one of the best ways to ensure a successful legal career. In addition, reaching out to COLAP is a completely confidential way to get the support you need to build a foundation of cognitive and emotional health and well-being.


  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed, traditional coping strategies are no longer working
  • Diminishing academic success due to excessive absenteeism or declining work product, or excess anxiety due to tests and exams
  • Persistent fatigue and low energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Increased irritability or impatience
  • Health or sleep difficulties
  • Escalating behavioral health concerns, including mental health, substance use, and addiction issues
  • Request a therapy referral
  • Concerns about the Character & Fitness portion of their bar application
  • Career related concerns
  • Self-medicating with substances (drugs or alcohol)
  • Self-medicating with processes (internet, gaming, gambling, shopping, eating, pornography)
  • Concerns about a colleague or family member
  • Interest in personal and professional resources available


A specialized and licensed clinician, experienced in working with legal professionals and law students, will schedule your free and confidential consultation. We provide education, practical strategies based on evidence and research-based techniques, tailored resources, and collaborative support in planning your next steps.  During the consultation, COLAP staff will:

  1. Ask about your concerns to learn more and get a complete understanding of the personal and professional issues that might be contributing to the situation,
  2. Provide education, when appropriate, to help facilitate understanding about the issues and concerns you identify,
  3. Identify resources that may be beneficial to you and the legal professional in your life, and
  4. Help strategize a plan for supporting both you and the member of the legal community you are concerned about.