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Counseling and Advising

Law School

Office of Student Life
Bayrex Martí, Assistant Dean for Student Life 
Phone: 734.764.0516

Lawyers Club

Diane Nafranowicz, M.S.W., 
Phone: 734.764.1116

Bayrex Martí and Diane Nafranowicz provide counseling and advice and encourage students to share problems and concerns, great or small, whether or not they seem related to the Law School. Many Law School difficulties stem from non-academic problems, and sometimes the opposite is true. Students may be referred to one of the several University offices that provide confidential counseling (see below). Students may also initiate contacts with such offices without referral.


Counseling and Psychological Services

Phone: 734.764.8312
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-5pm

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has a professional staff which includes social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and religious psychological counselors supplemented by student interns and peer counselors. Confidential counseling is available to students on an individual basis for a wide range of personal and interpersonal concerns as well as for problem solving and referral to other campus organizations. The agency also provides a variety of group experiences, including ongoing group counseling and workshops on such topics as assertion training and overcoming exam anxiety.

The Law School maintains a special relationship with a team of counselors who possess a good knowledge of the Law School experience and its special academic and professional pressures. Hours are reserved for students who may otherwise experience difficulty scheduling appointments.

U-M Psychiatric Emergency 24 hours

Phone:  734.996.4747

24-hour mental health crisis center and hotline at the University of Michigan Hospital emergency room.

The Center for the Child and Family

Phone: 734.764.9466

The Center for the Child and the Family offers a wide variety of psychological services to children, adolescents, families, and couples, including individual counseling for children, parental guidance for parents of troubled adolescents, family therapy, couples therapy, and other group programs that advance understanding of child development and family relationships. 

Center for the Education of Women

Phone: 734.764.6005 

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) offers a range of services. Their most popular service is free career and educational counseling, which is available to both men and women. Their counselors assist students with a range of issues, including applying to graduate school, balancing studies/work/family, career decision-making, and researching financial aid/scholarship options. CEW also assists people undergoing various life transitions, career planning, job-changing, job searching, etc.

CEW offers UM graduate students and non-traditional undergraduates (older or raising a child) small emergency grants to help with unexpected financial crises, providing the situation meets their criteria. Appointments for counseling, including possible assistance with student financial emergencies, can be arranged by calling 734.764.6360.  Please visit their website for more information.

Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Center (SAPAC)

24-hour Crisis Line: 734. 936.3333
Office Phone: 734. 998.9368

SAPAC provides free and confidential counseling to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Michigan. SAPAC focuses on advocacy and crisis intervention for students in whatever situation that sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and domestic violence is reported: at the hospital, at a police agency, at another campus office, in a residence hall, via crisis line or walk-in. They refer students who need ongoing support to work with a counselor at CAPS.

The U-M Initiative on Domestic and Sexual Violence's Web site  offers information for those interested in learning more about domestic violence.

The Spectrum Center

Phone: 734. 763.4186

The University of Michigan Spectrum Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information and advocacy services working to create and maintain an open, safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and similarly-identified students, faculty, and staff, their families and friends, and the campus community at large.

U of M Psychological Clinic

Phone: 734.764.3471

The Pyschological Clinic offers therapy for many difficulties and concerns, including depression and anxiety; problems with procrastination, problems with personal relationships, including spouses, family and friends; school and career difficulties, problems at work with colleagues or superiors, confusion or concern about sexual identities or preferences, problems dealing with an upsetting or traumatic event, issues with transition to Ann Arbor from another city or country; and dealing with an important loss of a loved one or close relationship.

Other sources

Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program

Phone: 1.800.996.5522

The Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program (LJAP) provides support to lawyers, judges and law students who are dealing with mental illnesses, substance abuse and the many other challenges in life.  LJAP is especially well-suited to help law students who are worried that their history of mental health and/or substance abuse-related incidents may be of concern to passing the Character and Fitness portion of the Bar exam which is required to become a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan.