How does the concept of Wellness fit in law school and the legal profession?

The work of a lawyer is incredibly meaningful and rewarding, but can also be demanding and stressful. High levels of professional expectations and demands are stressors that can take a toll on one’s physical, social, and mental health. Law students are not immune to these pressures. At Northwestern Law we offer unique, tailored programming to proactively address the rising prevalence of mental health issues with wellness and prevention programs.

As a Northwestern Law student, what can learning about Wellness at the Law School do for me?

At Northwestern Law, we recognize that your personal growth and well-being, problem-solving and strategic thinking abilities, and interpersonal skills are as vital to your success as your intellectual development as a lawyer. We train “whole lawyers,” leaders who are self-aware and skilled enough to balance the demands of the legal profession while thriving as leaders in their chosen legal career.

We do this through educational and experiential programs that promote the development of leadership skills, self-care, professional identity, resilience, and, self-awareness.

How does Northwestern Law engage with Wellness?

Part of the Northwestern Law difference is that we collaborate with Sean Serluco, Psy.D., a CAPS psychologist and Northwestern Law Liaison in wellness programming. Dr. Serluco’s position is unique in legal education in that he specializes in law student and lawyer well-being, and is attuned to the milestones, nuances, and unique demands of law school life.

Dr. Serluco provides individual therapy and outreach for law students and consults closely with faculty, students, and administration on law student health and well-being. Dr. Serluco received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.A. Clinical Psychology both from Midwestern University. Dr. Serluco and other CAPS Psychologists are available for counseling and consultation through the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office for the Law School community.

Monthly Wellness Programming

Each month the Law School hosts programs and activities designed to focus on some aspect of well-being.  Our goal is to have students engage in programs that allow them destress, relax, and engage with classmates.  

Wellness Week

Each year, Northwestern Law hosts NU Law Wellness Week. This is a week dedicated to the promotion of both physical and mental health. Events range annually, but all address the vital role individual health and wellbeing plays in professional and personal success.

National Resources

American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division Mental Health Initiative

Dave Nee Foundation

Jed Foundation


To learn more about Northwestern Law’s Wellness offerings please contact:

CAPS at 847-491-2151
Susie Spies Roth , Dean of Students, susan-roth@law.northwestern.edu

For a full list of counseling services available at Northwestern University check out Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).