Maintaining and enhancing your health is essential for the successful pursuit of your goals at King Hall and beyond. The UC Davis Wellness Portal contains campus resources to help you stay well, including medical, mental health, substance abuse, and other wellness programs and services. 

Counseling Services for Law Students

The School of Law and Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers law students several options for free and confidential, short-term individual counseling services on campus, as well as off campus options for more frequent or longer-term services.

On campus individual counseling services:

Psychologist embedded at the School of LawThe SHCS psychologist embedded full-time at the law school is available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00pm, with an office conveniently located in King Hall. Our new Law School Psychologist will arrive in late March, 2024 and will soon provide information on how best to schedule an appointment.

CS Counselors on main campus: Some law students might prefer to meet with a counselor outside of King Hall, for greater privacy/anonymity, choice of therapist or availability. For an appointment with a counselor from the main campus Counseling Services (CS) center, call 530-752-0871, or web-book an appointment from Health-e-Messaging (HEM).

Urgent Mental Health Needs: Urgent counseling care services are available for same-day evaluation and treatment by a CS Psychotherapist on Duty by calling 530-752-0871.

Off-campus individual counseling services:

  • For students with SHIP insurance: You will need a referral from an SHCS counselor or physician in order to use your SHIP insurance to see an off-campus psychotherapist or psychiatrist. There is a $0 copay for these visits. If you want to continue with a therapist you have been seeing, or have otherwise already identified the provider you want to see, you can contact Insurance Services directly on HEM with your provider’s name and contact information and ask for authorization. Providers within the SHIP/Anthem Blue Cross network can be seen with $0 copay. You can also see an out-of-network provider on a 60/40 share cost basis. Contact Insurance Services on HEM for specifics.
  • For students with private insurance: First check to see if your health insurance covers mental health services by calling the member services phone number on your insurance card or logging onto their online portal. You can find a list of in-network providers either on your insurance company’s website or by calling the phone number on your insurance card for “behavioral health” or “mental health” services.
  • If you need help finding an outside therapist, regardless of your insurance, you can web-book an appointment with a CS Referral Coordinator on HEM or call 530-752-0871.

Online Counseling Services: Many health insurance carriers now offer online or telemental health options:  https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/online-visits

Psycho-educational and wellness programs are provided throughout the academic year, and when requested by students, faculty and staff. Examples of programming include the Zen Tuesdays weekly meditation sessions, and lunchtime lectures on such topics as managing stress, imposter phenomenon, managing vicarious trauma, and how to recognize and respond to students in distress.

Wellness Room at King Hall

King Hall students who want a quiet space to relax can visit the Wellness Room (Room 2255) where students can stretch, pray, practice yoga and meditation, or simply unwind. 

Lawyer Assistance Program, State Bar of California

Other wellness and assistance programs, specific to the law profession are provided at the State Bar of California's Lawyer Assistance Program website. This site includes self-assessment tests for anxiety and depression. While these tests cannot substitute for a professional evaluation, they can help determine if you should receive a thorough professional assessment regarding depression, anxiety, or the use of alcohol or drugs.

Student Disability Center

The Student Disability Center (SDC) offers advising, assistance and resources to students with physical, communicative, or learning disabilities, as well as for temporary impairments. Learn more about services and accessibility at our Student Disability Center page.

Other Wellness Options

Students may also find help from these options, not all affiliated with the law school or university: