Support Network



From the moment you begin as a student at Southwestern, you will have the people and resources available to help you succeed academically while enhancing your overall law-school experience.


  • Peer Mentors – All first-year students are assigned a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors assist in building community on campus and foster student development through mentorship and guidance to campus resources.
  • 30+ Student Organizations – opportunities to socialize, develop networking skills, and connect with fellow students. 
  • Mindfulness In Law Society - SBA Club at Southwestern – The national Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS) seeks to improve the mental health and well-being of law students across the nation through mindful practice. 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Southwestern has a student organization chapter of the national grassroots mental organization NAMI. 
  • Parents Attending Law School - A student organization for law student parents, parents-to-be, guardians, those contemplating a family in law school, and supporters of this community.
  • Dean’s Fellows – All incoming first-year students are assigned a Dean's Fellow. Dean’s Fellows are Academic Success teaching assistants, who provide in-depth feedback to students on outlines, essays, and other work products. 
  • Academic Success Programs – workshops, courses, programs, and counseling to help you achieve your full academic potential
  • The Writing Center – writing experts provide individualized assistance and specialized workshops
  • The Counseling Center – a welcoming place for academic counseling and curriculum-planning guidance
  • Accessibility Services – get accommodations for exams, help downloading class work, or anything else you need to succeed by contacting the Dean of Student and Diversity Affairs Office
  • Student Health Insurance - Southwestern offers affordable coverage that is accessible to all students regardless of a previous condition and continues through the bar exam for graduating students. 
  • BisonCares - The BisonCares program offers Southwestern Law students a variety of free support options and tools designed to help you mentally and emotionally. 
  • HelpNet - a national Student Assistance hotline that can help students with counseling and community resources
  • Lawyers Assistance Program - The State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) helps attorneys (active, inactive, or disbarred), State Bar applicants, and law students who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, substance use issues, or personal and career concerns.
  • The Other Bar - The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers, law students and judges throughout the state, dedicated to assisting others within the legal profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - Alcoholics Anonymous offers a 24/7 confidential helpline, as well as an extensive list of local AA meetings in every state.
  • 988 Mental Health Crisis Hotline - If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services - Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center offers a comprehensive array of crisis services, therapy, outreach, and training. For therapy and support groups in Los Angeles County, contact 424-362-2911.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - SAMHSA provides a list of resources for suicide prevention, including crisis lines, prevention resources, professional resources, and youth and family resources.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) -NIMH provides information on suicide, including a list of warning signs, risk factors, treatments and therapies, and ongoing research.