Counselling and Wellness

The Common Law Student Centre is pleased to offer a number of services intended to support students who are faced with a personal challenge or crisis over the course of their studies. We understand that personal factors can impact one academically – we are therefore committed to offering support such as counselling, referrals, and academic accommodation.

The Equity & Wellness Counsellor will work with students to help them clarify various personal issues and learn strategies that can help them cope with the challenges that they face in their educational, personal and professional lives in order to have a successful experience in law school.

Specialized referrals can be made by the Equity & Wellness Counsellor to an appropriate service. Common referrals include those to psychologists/counsellors in private practice and to various community resources.

Please contact for additional information.

Counselling Resources

Member Assistance Program:

As Law students, you are invited to use the free and confidential support and counselling services provided your Member Assistance Program (MAP).   This is a service funded by and fully independent of the Law Society of Upper Canada, available 24/7 at 1-855-403-8922 (TTY: 1-866-433-3305).


SASS - Counselling and Coaching:

The University of Ottawa’s Counselling & Coaching Service also provides free and confidential counselling support to Common Law students. For a consultation, please call 613-562-5200. The Counselling & Coaching Service is located at 100 Marie-Curie (Health Services building), 4th floor.


University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS) - Mental Health Unit:

The Family Health Team of the UOHS offers mental health services. The Family Health Team Psychiatrists and Mental Health Counsellors are available to patients enrolled with a family physician with the UOHS Family Health Team. Services are free. 

Wellness Resources
  • Just Balance is a support site aimed at promoting the well-being of law students.  On their website, you will find a wide range of resources to support you during your studies. We invite all law students to familiarize themselves with this essential resource.
  • Top Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Law School. This useful guide was designed by Fasken Martineau. It provides tips to help students adapt to law school and achieve their academic goals.
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