Duquesne University School of Law

Wellness for Law Students

Duquesne University’s philosophy of wellbeing acknowledges seven dimensions of wellness: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and environmental, which correspond to the dimensions of the human person.

At Duquesne University School of Law, we are concerned about your personal wellbeing as well as your academic achievement. The Dean of Students Office encourages you to develop healthy habits that will sustain you through the demands of law school. One of the keys to success in law school involves managing the volume of work that you must do. To do this, you need to stay healthy, therefore:

  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise regularly
  • Treat illness as it crops up 
  • Handle an emergency or injury right away
  • Seek help whenever necessary

Students can always feel free to stop by Room 405 or set up a time to talk with Assistant Dean of Students Ella Kwisnek about any problems or concerns.  Whether an issue is academic or a personal concern that may adversely impact academics, the office will work with you to develop a solution to managing the problem.

Campus Wellness Services

Duquesne University offers a wide variety of services to support student wellbeing, including: 

Campus Ministry – located on the ground level of the Towers Living Learning Center, the Spiritan Campus Ministry Center offers numerous student services as well as a relaxing lounge area, study room, café and kitchen, and reflection space.  The University chapel in the Administration Building offers daily Mass.

Center for Pharmacy Care - located on Fifth Avenue in the Muldoon Building, the Center for Pharmacy Care offers campus and community health screenings, lifestyle counseling, educational seminars, drug therapy review and management, disease state management and outcome reporting for certain health conditions.

Commuter Affairs - located in the Duquesne Union, the Commuter Center provides dedicated space for commuting students. The Commuter Center has comfortable furniture, two big screen televisions, a refrigerator and microwave ovens.  The Center also offers a quiet study room, computer lab.  Also check out weekly PB&J Wednesdays and Doughnut Days and annual Thanksgiving and Easter dinners.

Counseling & Wellbeing Center - located in Room 308 of the Administration Building, 412.396-6204, the Center consults with students on stress, test-taking anxiety, etc.

Duquesne C.A.R.E.S. - located in Assumption Hall, Duquesne C.A.R.E.S. offers drug and alcohol counseling for students.

Health Services – located on the 2nd floor of the Duquesne Union, offers routine medical care, evaluation and treatment of illness and injury, and more. 

Psychology Clinic – located on the 9th floor of Rockwell Hall, the clinic offers psychological services to Duquesne students and the community at large.  

Recreation – the Power Recreation Center offers basketball/volleyball courts, racquetball courts, exercise classes, cardio equipment, fitness studios and a weight room. Students can also access the Towers swimming pool. McCloskey Field. basketball/street hockey courts and tennis courts. 

Outside Wellness Resources

American Bar Association wellness resources – the ABA offers wellness tips and links for law students. 

Law School Academic Success Project – the Law School Academic Success Project offers wellness advice and resources. 

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers - Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. is a comprehensive assistance program designed to meet the unique needs of law students, lawyers, judges and their family members who are struggling with alcohol and drug related problems or with stress, anxiety, depression, gambling and other emotional and mental health issues. Lawyers' Confidential Helpline: 1.888.999.1941.