Support Resources

Managing stress and addressing personal or health barriers are keys to success in law school and legal practice. Like the American Bar Association, state bar authorities, and the legal profession more broadly, Minnesota Law encourages students to seek help for personal, family, academic, or health challenges that arise during law school. In fact, the Law School’s Learning Outcomes highlight as fundamental the need for students - and future attorneys - to “Seek and use resources where necessary to address personal challenges.”

To equip students to conveniently access University-based supports, the Law School provides private meeting space in Mondale Hall for colleagues from the University’s Disability Resource Center, Office of Student Finance, and Student Counseling Services, as well as Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers. The Law Library also hosts a comprehensive compilation of readings and materials at Law Student Wellness & Life Balance.

Student Support Referral Form

Are you worried about a current law student? In addition to contacting 911 immediately for an urgent health or safety issue, we encourage you to share information with the Law School’s Student Affairs office that will equip us to follow-up with students who are experiencing personal, academic, or health-related challenges. Use the Student Support Referral Form to provide as much or as little information as you wish. If you don’t want to share specifics but at least put us on alert for possible concerns about a particular student, you can simply provide the student’s name.

Crisis/Urgent Resources

Weekday Campus Resources

  • Student Counseling Services
    Walk-in counseling available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at 340 Appleby Hall. Phone consultation available at 612-624-3323 during those hours.
     
  • Boynton Mental Health Services
    Urgent counselors available Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Boynton Mental Health Clinic. Call 612-625-8475 to speak with an urgent counselor or come to the Mental Health Clinic on the fourth floor of Boynton Health Service located on the East Bank at 410 Church Street SE. These services are not the same as those available in an emergency room and should not be substituted for a situation requiring immediate intervention. There may be a wait to speak with an urgent counselor.

After-Hours Support

  • In a life-threatening emergency, call 911
  • 24-hour University of Minnesota Support
    • Phone Crisis Line: 612-301-4673
    • Text: ”UMN” to 61222
  • Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers crisis line: 866-525-6466

Crisis Facilities

* Hennepin County Acute Psychiatric Services and the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview charge for their services and you may be billed. Hours vary.

Addiction & Recovery

University Alcohol and Drug Misuse Information

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL)
651-646-5590 or 866-525-6466
help@mnlcl.org

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) provides a free, confidential Lawyers Assistance Program for Minnesota lawyers, judges, law students and their immediate family members. This program offers help to those affected by alcohol, drugs and other addictions; depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses; stress and other life-related problems; and any condition that negatively affects the quality of one’s life at work or at home.

Hazelden Betty Ford - Legal Professionals Program
651-213-4200 or 800-257-7810
info@hazelden.org

Hazelden Betty Ford’s specialized private program for lawyers and law students offers comprehensive evaluation, diagnostic and addiction treatment services to prepare each patient for lifelong recovery and the ability to practice law.

Bias or Discrimination

The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) responds to reports of bias incidents on the Twin Cities campus. The BRRN’s goal is to contribute to a campus climate that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful for all. The BRRN provides support resources to impacted parties, promotes education and dialogue, and affirms the University’s commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom.

Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
274 McNamara Alumni Center (East Bank)
612-624-9547
eoaa@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) was founded in 1972 to ensure that all University community members uphold federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, as well as University equal opportunity policies.

Conflict Resolution

Student Conflict Resolution Center
254 Appleby Hall (East Bank)
612-624-7272

The Student Conflict Resolution Center offers informal and formal conflict resolution services to resolve students’ university-based problems and concerns. An ombudsman provides confidential, neutral, and informal options. An advocate is available to assist students in formal grievance or disciplinary proceedings.

Counseling & Advising

Law School Student Affairs
N160 Mondale Hall
612-625-2456
lawdos@umn.edu

The Law School’s Office of Student Affairs offers academic and personal advising and referral for law students experiencing difficulties. To request an appointment, email lawdos@umn.edu with any topic(s) you wish to discuss, and you will be connected with a Student Affairs advisor for scheduling. Please note that Student Affairs Staff are mandatory reporters of information regarding allegations of Honor Code violations, sexual assault or harassment, or concerns about a threat of harm to self or others.

University Student Counseling Services (SCS)
340 Appleby Hall (East Bank)
612-624-3323
counseling@umn.edu

SCS promotes the personal, career, and academic growth of students through individual and group counseling for a range of concerns, including academic difficulties, career uncertainties, relationship issues, cultural matters, and other personal concerns. They also offer many self-help materials that can be useful for law students.

NEW in Fall 2018 — Let’s Talk! Walk-in Counseling
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
N160 Mondale Hall, Law School Student Affairs

The Law School is now partnering with Student Counseling Services to offer confidential drop-in counseling for any West Bank students on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in N160 Mondale Hall. Meetings are with a trained SCS counselor who does NOT provide the Law School information about the identity of students using Let’s Talk advising services or the nature of their concerns.

Disability Accommodations

The Law School Office of Student Affairs (lawdos@umn.edu) partners with the University of Minnesota’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) to collaboratively address educational barriers, provide reasonable accommodations, and provide education on disability-related issues. Students seeking accommodations first register with the DRC which reviews medical documentation and assesses barriers. The DRC engages in an interactive process with Student Affairs to determine what academic modifications are reasonable in the Law School setting and support the goal of preparing students for law practice. To preserve privacy and blind-grading protocols, students seeking accommodations should refer questions to the DRC or Law School Student Affairs, not to individual instructors.

How to Register with the Disability Resource Center

​​Reach out to drclaw@umn.edu with any changes in your condition, as well as with questions or concerns about current accomodations.

  1. Contact drclaw@umn.edu to schedule a confidential initial appointment.
  2. Meet with a DRC Access Consultant.
    Joe Cook is the DRC Access Consultants who works with students pursuing law degrees. During this appointment you will discuss the impacts and barriers you experience related to your health or disability condition(s).
  3. Obtain documentation.
    If you have documentation that describes your health or disability condition, please bring it to the initial appointment, email it to drclaw@umn.edu or fax it to the DRC at 612-626-9654. Please come to your appointment as scheduled, even if you do not have documentation, as the DRC may be able to assist you in obtaining it.
  4. Attend initial appointment.
    The Access Consultant will explore with you how your health or disability impacts your academic experience. If reasonable accommodations are appropriate for you, they will be outlined in a letter.
  5. Share accommodation letter.  
    Email your accommodation letter to the Student Affairs at lawdos@umn.edu to begin the interactive process of determining which accommodations will be appropriate in your Law courses and how they will be implemented.
  6. Contact drclaw@umn.edu to request an updated accommodation letter each semester you plan to use accommodations.
  7. Stay connected with your Access Consultant​.
    Reach out to drclaw@umn.edu with any changes in your condition, as well as with questions or concerns about current accommodations.

The Interactive Process

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in courses, programs, services, and activities in a timely manner. Reasonable accommodations for students in the post-secondary setting may include academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and reasonable modifications to policies. Determining and arranging academic accommodations is a partnership between the student, Law School Student Affairs, and the DRC.

The Student Role
  • Be prepared to describe the impacts of your disability and the barriers you encounter.
  • Discuss skills, strategies, and resources you already have in place.
  • Request accommodations in a timely manner, not after-the-fact; retroactive accommodations are not provided.
  • Request accommodations each semester you wish to use them.
  • Stay in contact with your Access Consultant and Student Affairs as needed throughout the semester.
The DRC Access Consultant Role
  • Work with the students and Student Affairs to identify barriers to accessing the course, program, service, or activity.
  • Recommend reasonable accommodations that mitigate the impact of the barriers but do not fundamentally alter the essential functions of the course, program, service, or activity.
Law School Office of Student Affairs Role
  • Consult with individual faculty, as needed, to clarify essential elements of curriculum and explore reasonable accommodations.
  • Share their knowledge of the essential elements of the course or program.
  • Contact the DRC Access Consultant if they believe that the recommended academic accommodations compromise the essential requirements of a course/program or fundamentally alter a course/program.
  • Work with the students and faculty to implement accommodations.

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

An accommodation is a modification that is made to a course, program, service, job, activity, or facility that eliminates or minimizes disability-related barriers to allow equitable access. There is often more than one way to accommodate a situation or activity. In order for an accommodation to be considered reasonable, however, it must meet four criteria:

  1. It must not compromise essential requirements of a course, program, job, activity, or facility.
  2. It must not cause an undue administrative or financial hardship.
  3. It must not compromise safety of the student or others.
  4. It must not fundamentally alter a course or program.

An Access Consultant will work with you and Law School Student Affairs to determine if an accommodation is reasonable. Different courses may require different accommodations. Each accommodation plan is tailored to the individual student and their courses. For example, some accommodations may be useful in a classroom while others may be useful in a Clinic setting.

Documentation Guidelines

Documentation is confidential information from an appropriately qualified health or other service professional who is knowledgeable about your condition. This professional might be a therapist, doctor, rehabilitation counselor, audiologist, nurse practitioner, or mobility specialist.  Documentation can vary in length and format, but should focus on the ways the condition currently affects you, especially in an academic environment. Here are some examples of useful documentation:

  • Psycho-educational evaluation
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)
  • 504 Plan
  • Vocational assessment
  • Information on previous use of accommodations
  • Statement from health or other service professional
  • Mobility assessment

The Access Consultant uses documentation to better understand your disability, identify impacts in an academic setting, and make informed decisions to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations. If you do not have documentation of your disability, your Access Consultant may be able to assist you in obtaining it.

For more information about the Disability Resource Center, information for faculty, or explanation of the Grievance Process, please visit the Disability Resource Center website at: https://diversity.umn.edu/disability.

Bar Exam and Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam Accommodations

Guidelines for requesting testing accommodations on the Bar Exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) differ from the requirements at the University and vary by the state in which a graduate sits for the Bar Exam. Please take time to review documentation guidelines for each exam you plan to take. In many cases, you must provide updated documentation that is more substantial than the DRC requires. For more information, visit these resources:

Family and Parenting Resources

Student Parent HELP Center
24 Appleby Hall (East Bank)
612-626-6015
sphc@umn.edu

The Student Parent HELP Center provides intake and child-care assistance screening for graduate and professional students and works to determine the programming needs of U of M graduate and professional student parents.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Resources

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
46 Appleby Hall (East Bank)
612-625-0537
glbtapo@umn.edu

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life is dedicated to transforming campus climate for all University of Minnesota constituents by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality. The GSC seeks to build and bridge communities that welcome and affirm people to be their whole selves, honoring their multiple identities and life experiences. They welcome all interested people into their offices, events, and community family.

Health Services, General

Boynton Health Service
410 Church Street SE (East Bank Clinic)
612-625-8400

Boynton Health Service is a primary health care provider serving University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty, as well as people in the community. Boynton provides quality, comprehensive health care services, counseling, and education beyond the scope of most primary health care clinics: primary and urgent care; mental health services; dental and eye clinics; pharmacy needs; women’s health; physical and massage therapy; and health promotions such as flu shots and nutrition services.

International Students

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
190 Humphrey School (West Bank)
612-626-7100
isss@umn.edu

ISSS is the office dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota’s international community. ISSS supports the University’s internationalization efforts by helping departments bring new foreign nationals into the community; by providing intercultural training for students, staff, and faculty; and by offering events that build links between the U.S. and international communities on campus.

Legal Assistance

University Student Legal Service
160 West Bank Skyway (West Bank)
612-624-1001
usls@umn.edu

The University Student Legal Service (USLS) offers legal services and education to students. It was founded by students in 1976, is funded by students, and is run by a student administrative board. All legal services are provided by experienced legal professionals, some with 30+ years of experience representing students.

Mental Health Resources

University of Minnesota Student Mental Health Website

Boynton Mental Health Clinic
410 Church Street SE (East Bank Clinic)
612-624-1444; Urgent Mental Health Consultation: 612-625-8475

The Mental Health Clinic at Boynton is open to degree-seeking students who pay the mandatory Student Services Fee. The Mental Health Clinic offers a variety of services, such as individual, couples and group psychotherapy, medication assessment and management, urgent consultation (phone or in person), social work assistance, and chemical health assessment and treatment. For most eligible degree-seeking students, the first visit to the mental health clinic has no copayment. Additional visits typically require a $10 copayment.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL)
651-646-5590 or 866-525-6466
help@mnlcl.org

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) provides a free, confidential Lawyers Assistance Program for Minnesota lawyers, judges, law students and their immediate family members. This program offers help to those affected by alcohol, drugs and other addictions; depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses; stress and other life-related problems; and any condition that negatively affects the quality of one’s life at work or at home.

University Student Counseling Services (SCS)
340 Appleby Hall (East Bank)
612-624-3323
counseling@umn.edu

SCS promotes the personal, career, and academic growth of students through individual and group counseling for a range of concerns, including academic difficulties, career uncertainties, relationship issues, cultural matters, and other personal concerns. They also offer many self-help materials that can be useful for law students.

NEW in Fall 2018 — Let’s Talk! Walk-in Counseling
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
N160 Mondale Hall, Law School Student Affairs

The Law School is now partnering with Student Counseling Services to offer confidential drop-in counseling for any West Bank students on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in N160 Mondale Hall. Meetings are with a trained SCS counselor who does NOT provide the Law School information about the identity of students using Let’s Talk advising services or the nature of their concerns.

Recreation & Wellness

University Recreation & Wellness
123 Harvard St. SE (East Bank Recreation and Wellness Center)
612-625-6800
recwell@umn.edu

All University of Minnesota students paying the Student Services Fee have automatic membership to RecWell facilities.  Simply bring your U Card to the facility of your choice and enjoy your membership privileges. RecWell programs include personal and group fitness training, aquatics, golf, outdoor recreation, intramurals, and sports clubs.

Sexual Assault, Harassment & Stalking

Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education
117 Appleby Hall (East Bank)
612-626-2929; 24-Hour Helpline: 612-929-9111
aurora@umn.edu

The Aurora Center provides free and confidential crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment. The Aurora Center is a place for ALL people affiliated with the University of Minnesota impacted or concerned about sexual or relationship violence. TAC accepts walk-in clients their advocates are trained sexual assault crisis counselors and can assist you with support, resources and available options.

Veterans Resources

Contact Information

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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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