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Student Wellness

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

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 and strictly confidential.

Fall 2020

MOLAP director Anne Chambers, LCSW, will be available for virtual office hours for SLU LAW students on the following dates in fall 2020:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Aug. 25, 2020
  •  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sept. 16, 2020
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Oct. 14, 2020
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Nov. 24, 2020

Call 1-800-688-7859 to talk, schedule an appointment or request a link for face-to-face sessions through MOLAP's virtual platform.

Students are not limited to accessing MOLAP services on the dates above, as they are also available 24/7 by phone (1-800-688-7859). For more information, visit the MOLAP website or call 1-800-688-7859.

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

Mindfulness Program

Fall 2020 Schedule
Mindfulness for Law Students will take place every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom, 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 five-week Mindfulness for Bar Preparation course taught in May and June
  • A twice-a-month 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

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

In coordination with SLU’s Campus Ministry, a weekly Mass is offered at Scott Hall most Tuesdays during the semester 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