Schulich Law is a close knit, collegial community of faculty, staff and students. Students have many opportunities to contribute to life at the law school and in the broader community by getting involved in one of our many student societies.
We are also understand that law school can be demanding, and offer health and wellness support services to our students.
Health & Wellness
The Weldon Wellness Program
Weldon Wellness Program is designed by Student Services to act as a support system for students. We understand that balancing law school, a social life, and a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. Weldon Wellness is here to let you know you are not alone.
Each Semester we host a Wellness Week where we cultivate a atmosphere that provides a safe space for students to relax and develop wellness habits and techniques. For example, in November our Wellness Week will focus on exam writing, stress-management strategies, and yoga classes.
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Student Health and Wellness Centre
As a Dalhousie Student, you have access to the Student Health and Wellness Center. You have free access to counselors that can help you work through depression, anxiety, grief, relationship to food, or anything you may have concerns about. They also offer same-day counseling appointments, and can also refer you to a regular counselor. Visit their general page here.
Additionally, access to sexual health services are available here! Feel free to stop by and pick up free condoms. Check the website for further details.
While you are a law student, you have access to Homewood Health Family and Assistance Program. This program gives you free access to 24/7 counseling, life coaching, and various therapies (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy)
If you choose to practice in Nova Scotia, your coverage will remain consistent through the Nova Scotia Lawyers Assistance Program, which is funded through your practicing fees.
To find out more visit the website.
Law school can be a very difficult time for many students. You might be struggling or know someone who is. If so, JustBalance is for you.
Here, you will find student stories, information, support and resource links you need to begin your journey to wellness. Our goal is to provide a forum for exploring the systemic and personal issues facing today’s law students in a way that is both relevant and meaningful.
Whether you see all of yourself in these experiences or just glimpses of what you’re going through, know you’re not alone and that there are options for a healthier and more fulfilling law school experience. By joining the conversation here and keeping it going after you leave, you’ll be helping to create an even larger community of support, understanding and sensitivity.
Lawyers Assistance Program
Law students can access Nova Scotia's Lawyer's Assistance Program for counselling services, coaching and life skills. This service is provided through the Homewood Health Member and Family Assistance Program. They provide immediate crisis support 24/7, bookings for local counsellors, and can work with on on short-term solutions for a variety of personal challenges. Contact them at 1-866-299-1299.
Dalhousie Multifaith Services is an inclusive space where Dalhousie and King's students, staff, and faculty can address the basic questions of meaning and purpose in their lives — no matter what their faith, philosophy, or doubt may be.
For instance, some services they offer are as follows:
- Confidential guidance on personal and spiritual issues
- Facilitate interfaith, ecumenical, and multifaith dialogue on the campus
- Provide religious rites, marriage preparation, and perform marriages
- Participate in Orientation and other events at the University
To contact or to learn more, visit their page.
The Upper Year Buddy Program (UYB)
The Upper Year Buddy Program (UYB) is great source of support for incoming students. This program consists of an upper year student (2L or 3L) being matched with a 1L or multiple 1L students to provide guidance, advice, and support. The UYB connects with students on a personal level and also refers individuals to proper resources based on their needs. The UYB is a resource that responds to students in a holistic manner. As such, if a students is struggling to meet a deadline, they will provide the 1L will the proper options and resources to solve this problem.
Academic Peer Mentor Program
The Academic Peer Mentor Program is made up of upper-year students who provide guidance, study-tips, and organizational tips to other classmates. Members work with students one-on-one or within groups to help students discover the best study methods that work for them to best achieve their academic and professional goals. They are available to provide ongoing assistance students throughout the year and during exam periods.
A guide as well as Academic Success sessions are available to students from mentors to assist in study methods, case briefing, and creating frameworks.
This program represents a safe space for discussion about substance abuse, harm reduction and addiction both during and outside Law school events. Members are expected to remain sober at events and to ensure the safety, enjoyment, and community within the Schulich Law community.
To get involved, Sober Dal Law for further information.
Law Students' Society
All law students are members of the Law Students' Society (LSS) which appoints representatives to faculty committees, arranges for speakers to visit the school, and organizes social events and programs. It also oversees publication of a law students' newspaper, The Weldon Times, The Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, and the annual yearbook.
Student life at the Schulich School of Law is enriched through the activities and initiatives of our student societies. Students are encouraged to join existing groups or form their own new society.
Student Programs and Associations
The Schulich School of Law offers a wide range of programs, and associations, and activities that you may choose to become involved with. These activities take place outside of regular school hours and are based on a voluntary time commitment. We have highlighted some specific programs in the materials posted, in addition to the personal experiences of students.
The Dalhousie Legal Aid Service (DLAS)
Established in 1970, it was the first government funded legal aid program in Nova Scotia. It was the first of four University-based clinical legal education programmes established in Canada by means of a demonstration grant from the Federal Department of Health and Welfare. There are now well over 1000 graduates of Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. Dalhousie Legal Aid is known both locally and nationally.
In your first two years of law school, you will mostly focus on experience with the Residential Tenancies Act of Nova Scotia. You will be able to help community members to navigate problems they may have related to landlords, living conditions, and roommates. We encourage you to get involved in this hands-on experience!
In third year, you will have the opportunity to apply for a one-semester, full-time immersive experience at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. You will have more responsibilities than you’ve had in first and second year, allowing for a unique opportunity to apply the skills you learned in your coursework.
Please visit the website for more information.
The Pro-Bono Criminal Clinic
The Pro-Bono Criminal Clinic aims to address the gap in the availability of legal services for persons who cannot obtain representation for civil matters and are seeking pro bono legal advice. It is designed to support self-represented litigants in civil matters with short-term legal matters, although the complexity will vary from case to case. The project will provide weekly consultation clinics with lawyers and students to guide and advise self-reps on civil matters.
The Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service (DSAS)
DSAS helps students navigate university policies such as in regards to plaigarism, deferred exams, or faculty disputes. Members help students draft and edit any written submissions in addition to preparing students for hearings and formal appeals. Advocates support the student and help articulate matters of importance during oral hearings. Members aim to ensure students and faculty understand their responsibilities under Dalhousie's official policies.
For more information about DSAS please visit this website.
Every year, our students have an opportunity to practice their skills at competitive moots across Canada and internationally. Each team puts months of dedication and hard work into preparing for competition. As a second- and third-year student, you’ll be able to participate in one or more of several mooting programs. In these moots, you’ll learn and practice various advocacy skills, including persuasive legal writing, preparation of factums, proper courtroom decorum, and oral advocacy.
Consult the website for more information.
The 3L Exchange Program
The Schulich School of Law is committed to promoting student opportunities to study in other countries and in civil law traditions. Exchanges are normally for one term and open to third year students. Home tuition arrangements generally apply which allows Dalhousie students to study at partner institutions without additional tuition fees.
The law exchange program at Dalhousie currently includes approximately 61 spaces. Students interested in applying for an exchange are invited to submit applications. Students must have a minimum B- cumulative average at the Schulich School of Law.
Visit the website for further information.