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SLU LAW is committed to providing a supportive atmosphere where students can address their wellness needs.

SLU LAW Wellness Resource List for 2021

Counseling through MOLAP

MOLAP logoThe Missouri Lawyers' Assistance Program (MOLAP) is a professional, confidential counseling program for members of the Missouri Bar, their families and law students in Missouri. Through a variety of services, MOLAP helps individuals overcome personal concerns with mental health, substance use, stress and burnout. All MOLAP services are free of charge.

Fall 2021

MOLAP Director Anne Chambers, LCSW, will be available for in-person office hours for SLU LAW students in Scott Hall 742 on the following dates this semester: 

  • Aug. 25, 2021: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 15, 2021: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 20, 2021: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 17, 2021: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 1, 2021: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To access services, call 1-800-688-7859. Face-to-face sessions are also available on MOLAP's virtual platform by appointment.

You're not limited to accessing MOLAP services on the dates above. Services are also available 24/7 by phone at 1-800-688-7859. For more information, call or visit the MOLAP website.

In addition to MOLAP, counseling services are available to all SLU students through the University Counseling Center, located in Wuller Hall.

Mindfulness Program

Fall 2021 Schedule
Mindfulness for Law Students will take place every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. both in person in Scott Hall's Mindfulness Center (room 882) and via Zoom.

Mindfulness sessions will be led by Prof. David Lander. Contact Prof. Lander with questions or problems accessing the sessions.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 962 6979 8657
Password: Mindful!

What is Mindfulness?
SLU LAW makes mindfulness available as a way of increasing well-being, balance and effectiveness.

Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and acceptance. Mindfulness in everyday experiences is best strengthened and supported by a regular meditation practice and by informal mindfulness throughout the day. This practice invites us to slow down, breathe and observe our inner experience.

While the benefits of meditation have been understood for centuries, recent studies in neuroscience and psychology suggest that regular practice increases the ability to concentrate, enhances perceptual acuity and resolution, and increases one’s ability to make empathic connections and be present with challenging situations. Meditation can also reduce stress, increase immune response and increase positive emotions.

The SLU LAW Mindfulness Program includes:

  • A four-week Intro to Mindfulness for Law Students program for first-year students beginning in August
  • A weekly mindfulness talk and meditation for all law students
  • A weekly mindfulness talk and meditation for staff and faculty

Sessions consist of a settling in to the opportunity, a presentation on some aspect of mindfulness and a meditation.

SLU LAW’s mindfulness practice is open to individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, religious affiliations, career aspirations and levels of skepticism. They are secular and work for people of all religions or no religion. The programs are designed for those with no meditation experience and for those with experience.

The SLU LAW Mindfulness Program is led by Professor of Practice David Lander. Prof. Lander has been connected with the school for many years. He helped start the Legal Clinics program, taught full-time for two years and has served as an adjunct 20 times, teaching such courses as bankruptcy law, commercial law, consumer law and secured transactions. He has had a personal meditation practice for 15 years and has taken courses in mindfulness teaching from MindfulSchools.org. In July 2015, he retired from a successful business bankruptcy private practice of law.

For more information, contact Prof. David Lander at david.lander@slu.edu or (314) 750-7773. Law firms interested in having an in-house mindfulness program offered to firm members may also contact Prof. Lander.

Recreation and Fitness
Simon Recreation Center

SLU students are automatic members of Simon Recreation Center and have access to all campus recreation facilities. Your SLU ID card is required for access. If you do not have your card, the facilities may be accessed with any photo ID and your member number.

The Simon Recreation Center — located 2 miles from Scott Hall — offers drop-in recreational opportunities, as well as scheduled programs and events. It’s 120,000 square feet of activity, featuring six indoor basketball courts, four racquetball/handball courts, a bouldering wall, fitness center, spinning studio and indoor pool. Additional facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are available throughout SLU's campus.

Fitness classes and personal training opportunities also are offered through Simon Rec Center. Learn more

External Fitness Resources

BORP.org provides accessible recreation opportunities, including virtual workouts for individuals with a physical disability. Learn more

Student Health Center

Services provided by SLUCare physicians at the Saint Louis University Student Health Center include internal, medicine, gynecology, orthopedics, psychiatry, sports medicine and more. Learn more

Weekly Mass and Campus Ministry

While the University continues to practice social distancing, the School of Law will not be holding in-person weekly Mass.

SLU's Department of Campus Ministry currently offers Sunday evening Mass virtually every week at 8 p.m. The Mass is live-streamed on the SLU Campus Ministry YouTube channel. Furthermore, a limited number of students are now able to attend student Mass in person on Sundays at College Church and must register here for the semester or contact Campus Minister Erin Schmidt at litmin@slu.edu for more information. Visit the Campus Ministry webpage for the most up-to-date information.

During a typical academic year, in coordination with SLU’s Campus Ministry, a weekly Mass is offered at Scott Hall most Tuesdays at noon in the seventh-floor chapel. SLU LAW students are also welcome to attend weekday liturgies at other campus locations and Sunday Masses at St. Francis Xavier College Church, which serves as a worship space for both the University and a parish community.

SLU LAW students are also invited to participate in retreats, immersion trips, spiritual development, Lenten worship and other opportunities offered through Campus Ministry.

Contact Sue Chawszczewski at susanne.chawszczewski@slu.edu for more information.

Wellness Week

Every semester, the Student Bar Association (SBA) hosts a week-long Wellness Week. While programming varies from semester to semester, offerings may include:

  • Coffee specials at Chris’ @ the Docket
  • Free 10-minute chair massages
  • Therapy dogs
  • Free yoga/fitness class
  • Free snacks
  • Mindfulness workshop, and more.

Learn more about SBA and how to get involved

Find regular wellness updates at the SLU LAW Wellness Community Facebook page