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Health & Wellness

The Office of Student Affairs strives to provide support to address the multidimensional aspects of connecting the body and brain, empowering students to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle while attending Law School, and beyond.

Emotional Health & Wellness

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Appointments with the law school's in-house, licensed counselor can be made online in MyHealthSpace. After logging in with your USC ID, scroll down to messages and submit your request.

We offer online resources for law students to get help for common concerns 24/7. TAO includes evidence-based, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues.
USC Counseling & Psychiatry Services offers confidential services including individual/couples counseling, group counseling, psychiatric services, and suicide prevention services.
The Office of Student Affairs works in partnership with your Law Student Organizations to provide stress and emotional relief during exams.  Programs have included exam breaks, meditation classes, and puppies in the courtyard.
One-on-one counseling from Lawyers Helping Lawyers is available at the Law School. The Office of Student Affairs will provide the scheduled days and times.

Financial Health & Wellness

For many, law school is a significant investment financially which can be a stressor and lead to a lifestyle change. It is essential to understand how to plan for the present and future especially with educational debt. Here are some resources USC School of Law offers:

The USC School of Law's Office of Student Affairs maintains a running list of Scholarships and Writing Competitions currently available to students and other financial awards. These can be found on your My Law School page for Student Affairs under the Awards, Scholarships, and Writing Competitions tab.  Check back often!
The Law School partners with the AccessLex Institute to provide programming each year regarding  financial literacy and student loan repayment planning.  Additionally, AccessLex has made its Scholarship Databank available.

The Office of Student Affairs may also be able to direct you to additional resources if you find yourself in financial need during your time in Law School.  We encourage you to visit us if you are having difficulty.

Physical Health & Wellness

When factoring in classes, study sessions, and work schedules, there are times where you may feel like there aren't enough hours in the day. As a result, physical wellness can easily take a back seat. Outside of being physically active, physical wellness is also achieved with a balanced diet and sufficient sleep. Here are some resources USC School of Law offers:

Campus Recreation provides group classes such as Yoga and Dance Fitness.

Student Organizations occasionally put together intramural teams for soccer, flag football, and softball, be sure to check your My Law page for Student Affairs for upcoming opportunities!

Don't see something that interests you?  Then, visit us in Office 127 to talk about putting a program together!

Social Health & Wellness

There is a strong connection between one's social environment and overall health. It is important to create relationships, take time to enjoy activities with a friend, and find a support system while in law school. The sense of belonging will enrich your life and improve your response to stressors in life. Here are some resources USC School of Law offers:

Peer Mentors provide guidance for first-year and transfer students to become engaged in various ways while navigating this new community.
Social events throughout the year to enhance student life among USC School of Law faculty, students, and staff. Some of the most popular events include:
    • Phi Delta Phi's annual Law School Auction. This event raises funds for summer grants for law students working in the public interest sector.
    • Student Bar Association's variety of off-campus social gathering and networking events, and many other organization events and gatherings.  Be sure to check your My Law School page for Student Affairs under the tab This Month @ The Law School for more information!
Over 25 student groups and organizations covering an array of activities and interests! This includes our outstanding Moot Court and Mock Trial teams.

Additional University Wellness & Prevention Services

The university offers a wide array of programs for staying well, including emotional health, eating well, health screenings, interpersonal violence prevention and more.

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