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Student Support Resources

Life does not stop while you are in law school. We can connect students with a wide variety of support resources, whether you are just looking for some stress-reduction help or are experiencing a major life trauma, illness, substance abuse, or mental health event.

The 2018 Chancellor's Report on Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found here.


Office of Student Affairs
The Director of Student Affairs offers non-clinical general and situational counseling and referrals to campus resources. If you are experiencing a significant life situation or illness, the Office of Student Affairs can work with the appropriate campus offices and/or your professors to get you the support you require. 

Co-Counsel Program
At Vanderbilt Law School, all 1L's are assigned to a Co-Counsel group, each of which is co-led by a 2L and 3L student. These student leaders receive significant training from campus and community partners and are there for students to approach with questions, concerns, or potential problems.

Center for Student Wellbeing
The Center for Student Wellbeing is committed to helping students thrive within the Vanderbilt community and maintain lifelong wellness practices. We are here to help students who may need assistance in a variety of areas. The Center for Student Wellbeing also leads meditation at the law school every other Wednesday at 4:00PM in the Burch Room. Examples of services offered include:

Let's Talk
This campus-wide program has numerous sites for weekly drop-in counseling during the academic year, including one at the law school on Mondays from 1:30-3:30PM in Room 043K. Let's Talk is ideal for:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  • Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do


Project Safe
The mission of the Project Safe Center is to provide information, support, referrals, and education about sexual and intimate partner violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), as well as consent, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality to the Vanderbilt University community. Project Safe serves as a central resource for those impacted by power-based personal violence and can assist with navigating the University’s resource and support network (including the Psychological & Counseling Center, Student Health, the Equal Employment, Affirmative Action and Disability Services Department, and the Vanderbilt University Police Department) as well as external support and law enforcement resources.

Project Safe has a counselor in the law school building from 2-5PM every Wednesday afternoon in room 043K.


Psychological Counseling Center
The Center, located at 2015 Terrace Place (across the street from the Baker Building), offers services to Vanderbilt Students that include individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric services, LD/ADHD assessment, alcohol and drug evaluations/counseling, and community outreach. 

If you are in crisis, you may speak to a provider after hours by calling (615) 322-2571 and choosing to be transferred to our answering service. They will take your information and you will be called back by a PCC provider within minutes. If it is a life threatening emergency, please call 911, VUPD at (615) 322-2745, or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

Student Health Center
The Zerfoss Student Health Center is here to serve the primary care needs of the Vanderbilt student community. There are no office co-pays for routine visits, and all registered students are eligible for care, regardless of insurance coverage.


Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP)
While every state has a LAP program, we are fortunate to have the best lawyers assistance program in the country here in Tennessee. Even better, their services are fully available free of charge to law students. If you are experiencing mental health or substance abuse challenges and prefer to work with an off-campus (and still fully confidential) resource, we recommend working with TLAP.