Dispelling the Myth
As part of the general application for admission to the Bar of Texas, you will be asked to disclose certain mental health information. Specifically, you will be asked to disclose if you were “diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoia, or any other psychotic disorder.” Even if you have received one of these diagnoses, it “does not necessarily mean that you will be found to lack the fitness required for admission to the Bar.” What it does mean is that you must disclose the “date(s) of diagnosis and treatment, a description of your course of treatment and a description of your present condition. . . . You may also include information as to why, in your opinion or that of your health care provider, your illness or disorder will not affect your ability to practice law in a competent and professional manner.”
You do not need to report any counseling, treatment, or hospitalization, which was for a diagnosis other than those included in the following questions.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Stephen Rispoli or Jim Marsh.
Baylor Counseling Center
As a Baylor student, the Counseling Center's services are available to you.
The Counseling Services strives to facilitate the educational experience and total development of students by enhancing mental health and well-being.
The Counseling Center provides:
• Individual, couples, and group counseling
• Crisis intervention for students experiencing a psychological crisis or emergency
• Psychiatric services are available through the Baylor Counseling Center, although a fee may be involved.
• Medical nutrition therapy by a licensed and registered dietitian
• Outreach and prevention programs for students
• Consultation services for faculty, staff, families, and friends of students.
In addition to individual counseling, the Center offers many online resources. Please click here for a more detailed summary of services.
Mental Health Initiative
LawLifeline is full of information tailored to a law school student's emotional health needs. Visit this link for the Baylor specific LawLifeline webpage. Be sure to use the websites' Self Evaluator. Law Lifeline
Legal Professionals Program at Hazelden
The Legal Professionals Program at Hazelden is one of the world's largest and most respected private-not-for-profit alcohol and drug addition treatment centers. Their specialized program is now two years old and has already provided treatment to more than 200 legal professionals. For more information visit www.hazelden.org/legalprofessionals
Mental Health Screening
Private Counseling Services
Some private counselors familiar with the unique pressures of law school are available here. Please contact Dean Teague or Stephen Rispoli for additional information.
TLAP Support for Law Students
The workload of law school can cause a great amount of stress for students. Are you, or do you know of a friend or associate who may be suffering from depression? The Texas Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP) offers services to help you during this challenging
time. To learn more about TLAP and how it works, click here for a short video.
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