Health & Wellness

Mental Health

Dispelling the Myth

When completing the application for admission to the bar, you do not need to report any counseling other than those listed below.

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.”

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 Health 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.

Baylor Students of Concern

When a student exhibits behaviors of concern and could potentially be a risk to self and others, the Case Manager for Student Life and others on the Students of Concern Committee coordinates a proactive effort to prevent and/or manage the situation. Click here to submit an annonymous report at Baylor Students of Concern.

ABA Resources

Mental Health Initiative

Law Lifeline

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

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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Baylor Health Center

As a Baylor student, you have access to the Baylor Health Center on the main campus in the Student Life Center.

Physical Health

It is important for you to take care of your health while in law school. Learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while a student will be key for managing stress now and in the future.

Gym Options

Gold's Gym:
250 N. New Rd.
Waco, TX 76710
Law student discount available.

Gym X:
4809 W. Waco Dr.
Waco, TX 76710
Student discount available.

Planet Fitness:
300 N. Valley Mills Drive
Waco, TX 76710
No student discount available.