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ERIC Number: ED414535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Pages: 6
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A Counseling Clinic in a Free-Standing Law School: Its Genesis, Development, and Functioning.
Wagner, Richard; Mitchell, William
In 1990, the William Mitchell College of Law, a free-standing (not affiliated with a university) law school located in St. Paul, Minnesota, decided to initiate counseling services due to student initiatives and informal accounts of students' mental health. The process involved in establishing counseling services at William Mitchell is described in this paper. A formal inquiry, which assessed the need for counseling services, found that 50% of students surveyed would use such a service. The school then launched the service, drawing on independent contractors so as to keep expenses down. The initial goals involved publicity and assuring students and staff of confidentiality. The service was tailored to meet the special needs of law students, and emphasized issues such as test anxiety. After a four-year period, use of the service leveled off to 4-5% of students--some staff members, but no faculty, also took advantage of the service. Over time, the counseling center evolved to focus on student needs, particularly towards the end of each semester when demand was greatest. The center also provided programs to help students become aware of the psychological stresses associated with law school. Of those using the center, 70% of students gave high ratings for the service they received. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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