Minnesota Law Students
Law school is challenging, even under the best of circumstances. Most law students occasionally feel overwhelmed by the rigor and intensity of learning to think like a lawyer. Many have felt they needed help. LCL provides free and confidential peer and professional assistance to law students. and their immediate family members.
You Are Not Alone.
Studies show that law students (and lawyers) experience substance use, mental health, and stress issues at a rate higher than the general population. Once you’ve finished law school and start practicing, you will be trusted to take care of the problems of clients who are facing crises and trauma. It is essential that you also take care of yourself.
The best time to learn to take care of yourself is now.
LCL is here to help with any issue that causes stress or distress, at school or at home. Law students may receive up to four free counseling sessions through LCL’s counseling partner, Sand Creek, and are welcome to participate in groups and receive peer support.
Minnesota Lawyer article Help is Available for Law Students
Need Help Now?
- Call LCL at 651-646-5590 or 800-525-6466. Help is available 24/7.
- For 24-hour phone counseling, call Sand Creek at 651-430-3383 or 888-243-5744. If asked, say you were referred by LCL.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- If this is an Emergency, dial 911.
Law School AA Meetings
During the school year, AA meetings may be held at local law schools when classes are in session. Contact LCL for information about other meetings recommended by our volunteers. Questions? Contact Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers >
University of Minnesota Law School –
Character and Fitness Wellness Group at UMN Law – Strictly a student-run, confidential, safe, judgment-free, casual support group.
Every Friday at 12:30 p.m. Contact UMNLawRecovery@gmail.com for meeting location, Zoom info, support, or other inquiries.
During the Fall & Spring Semesters:
Hybrid Meeting at UMN Law on the West Bank. Contact us for details.
During Finals, Winter & Summer Breaks:
Regular virtual meeting. Contact us for Zoom info.
Law Students in Recovery Email ListServ
The Student in Recovery listserv was developed by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) to provide a confidential email vehicle for law students who want to get, or stay, clean and sober while in law school. This is a chance for students to connect with and ask questions of their law student peers throughout the US and share their experience, strength, and hope.
If you wish to be added to the Listserv, interested law students should contact Niki Irish directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should be prepared to talk a bit about their history and about their need and desire to communicate with other law students facing similar challenges. Ms. Irish will make the final determination to add the student to the listserv and will provide each student with the rules and regulations regarding the use of the “Student in Recovery Listserv.” When a student graduates and is admitted to the bar, he/she will be removed from the listserv. This service is confidential.
Here’s a sample request:
“Hello. I found your e-mail address online after searching on-line for “sober law student.” I understand you moderate a listserv for law students seeking to get or stay sober while in school, and I would like to join. My sobriety date is 5/28/17, not quite 90 days before I became a 1L. It would be good to find other students who empathize.”
University of Minnesota Law School
- Boynton Health Service, Alcohol and Chemical Health Services
- Law Student Services
- Student Counseling and Support
- UMN Student Mental Health
University of St. Thomas School of Law
- Academic Support
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- UST Wellness in Practice Formerly the Pursuit of Happiness Club, this group provides resources and support to UST students and promotes well-being and balance.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
- The Law School Experience
- Counseling Services
- Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
- A recent Mitchell Hamline Law Review article (Vol. 41, Issue 3) discusses stigma and mental health
- Minnesota Recovery Connection – MRC is a Recovery Community Organization serving the seven-county metro area of Minnesota and supporting recovery communities in both St. Cloud and Duluth.
- Minnesota Recovery Page – A directory of resources for recovery from substance misuse in Minnesota.
- Online Self-Assessments:
- What is Depression? An overview of Depression published by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
- Active Minds.org – Campus mental health awareness
- Befrienders.org – Providing emotional support to prevent suicide worldwide
- Mental Health is Health – “Mental Health is Health” is an MTV Entertainment Group initiative rooted in the reality that we all have mental health and need to take care of it like we do our physical health. The initiative aims to normalize the conversation, create a connection to resources and inspire action on mental health.
- I’m Alive – A live chat suicide crisis network
- Jed Foundation – Campus mental health and suicide prevention organization
Law Students Volunteer with LCL!
Interested law students are encouraged to get involved in the important work of LCL, including peer assistance. Learn more about membership >
LCL is on Facebook
Go to www.facebook.com/mnlcl for more information on upcoming events as well as resources.
Please note: while LCL services are confidential, the Facebook page is public because it is intended to provide information on events and wellness throughout the legal community. If you choose to “Like” it, your identity will not appear on the MNLCL Facebook page, but your “Like” will appear on your Facebook page.
LCL Quick Links
- Sand Creek Helpline (Answered 24/7) 651-430-3383 or 1-888-243-5744
- ADD/ADHD Support Group
- Alcohol and Drugs
- Family Support Group
- Intervention and Outreach
- Meeting Links (12-Step and others)
- Mentoring and Peer Support
- Other Mental Health Issues
- Recovery Stories
- National Institute of Health