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Wellness at DePaul

DePaul College of Law understands that our students are entering a demanding and stressful legal profession, and we are committed to helping students learn new strategies to help manage and maintain wellness.

Our wellness efforts begin at orientation and continue throughout the year. We work collaboratively to provide programs such as Wellness Wednesdays; maintain a peaceful atmosphere in our Mindfulness Room; and share internal and external resources that can help students understand the importance of self-care and well-being in their personal life, law school and the legal profession.

Events

Contact Dr. Vazquez-Rivera at (312)362-8299 or AVAZQUEZ@depaul.edu to give suggestions on future events or to get more information about upcoming events.

Wellness Wednesdays

Running with the Deans

Zumba class

Holiday ornament making workshop

Chair Yoga

DIY Stress balls and Eye Masks

Canvas and Cocoa

Finding Your Purpose

Stress Management

Financial Wellness

Mindfulness

Spiritual Wellness

Brain Fuel

Yoga

Internal Resources

Wellness Resources

Counseling Services

University Counseling Services is operating on a virtual basis.  Counselors are available for support, crisis management, consultation and community referrals. Please leave a message at  (773) 325-7779, and your call will be returned within 1-2 business days.  In case of an urgent or life-threatening emergency, please call Public Safety (773-325-7777), 911 or, if you are in Chicago, the Advocate Illinois Masonic Behavioral Health Services Crisis Line (773-296-5380).

Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP)

LAP is working to provide new virtual resources, timely CLE content and anything else our legal community needs to be well during this time. Staff are available by email at gethelp@illinoislap.org, or you may call Tony Pacione at 847-830-1290 or Dr. Diana Uchiyama at 630-642-9089.

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line

If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You only need to provide your first name and zip code, which enables the service to link you to a counselor in your area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.

Additional Resources

Financial Resources

Emergency Assistance Funds

Tech/Home Office Fund

Tech/Home Office Fund is for students who cannot afford to replace a laptop that is no longer operational.  There is an application process to have the purchase of a replacement computer subsidized, and we also will support a basic home office set-up for those who may need one.  Apply at Tech/Home Office Funding.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

This fund, made up of generous donations, offers timely financial help that can lead to peace of mind and academic success. It provides funds for travel expenses, meals, technology needs and other necessities to help students who are facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are or know of a DePaul student experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, please send an email to deanofstudents@depaul.edu.

Employment Security

Law Career Services advisors are all law school graduates with varying practice backgrounds. Each is available for scheduled appointments to assist students and alumni with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job search strategies, mock interviews and a wide range of other services. Contact Law Career Services at (312) 362-8385 to schedule an advising appointment.

For unemployment insurance, please visit Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Food Security

Please visit:

Miscellaneous

Located at:

25 East Jackson Boulevard
Lewis Center, 345
Chicago, IL 60604-2287
Open: 9 am to 5 pm

The Mindfulness Room is a quiet space for the College of Law community to use when anyone needs a moment to sit in quiet, meditate, pray, reflect, or otherwise have a peaceful and restorative movement away from the stress of law school. The room has pillows, blankets, yoga mats, candles, and a water fountain to aid in relaxation.

Located at:

55 E. Jackson Blvd.
8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
312.362.7940

The Division of Mission and Ministry strengthens institution-wide attention to the religious and spiritual development of students and to service with people who are poor and marginalized. These are integral dimensions of DePaul’s Catholic-Vincentian mission and essential elements of the DePaul student experience. DMM's work has a positive, visible, and measurable impact on the religious and spiritual life of the DePaul community.

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Located at two locations:

Lincoln Park
2250 N. Sheffield
Student Center, Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-7779

Loop
25 E. Jackson Blvd
Lewis Center, Suite 1465
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-6923

University Counseling Services helps remove barriers to learning by providing the following services to currently enrolled DePaul students: 

  • accessible psychological and psychiatric assessment;
  • short-term psychotherapy;
  • medication management;
  • consultation and crisis intervention;
  • community referrals; 
  • workshops; and
  • psychoeducational programming.

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DePaul has regular prayer and mediation opportunities within Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and spiritual traditions.

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Visit the recently expanded Loop Fitness Center and Studio for a great individual workout or to join a group for midday or after work classes! The Fitness Center and Studio (located in the basement of CDM) access is free to all enrolled DePaul students and faculty/staff.

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External Resources

At the national and state levels, lawyer and law student wellness is a priority for organizations, such as the American Bar Association (ABA), the Illinois Commission on Professionalism (2Civility) and the Lawyers' Assistance Program, among others.

LAP’s mission is “to help lawyers, judges, and law students get assistance with substance abuse, addiction and mental health problems; to protect clients from impaired lawyers and judges; and to educate the legal community about addiction and mental health issues."

LAP offers individual appointments at their offices located at:

20 S. Clark St.
Suite 450
Chicago, IL 60603
800-LAP1233
gethelp@illinoislap.org

LAP also holds individual walk-in appointments monthly at:

DePaul University College of Law
Lewis Center
25 East Jackson Boulevard
Room 943

Contact Dr. Vazquez-Rivera at (312)362-8299 or AVAZQUEZ@depaul.edufor exact dates/times.

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