Student Support Services

Touro Law Center is student-centered and dedicated to the health and wellness of its community. 

All law students experience stress to one degree or another. The Law Center has resources available for student counseling and mental health assistance. All conversations are confidential.     

On-Campus Resources

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Althea Sterling, Assistant Dean, is available for informal, confidential counseling regarding stress management as the result of law school or non-law-school issues, bereavement, and crisis intervention. She can also assist with advisement in regards to course selection and other academic concerns. To make an appointment, email, call (631) 761-7050 or visit the Office of Student Services (Room 302).

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Elizabeth Eckhardt, LCSW, PhD is a professional counselor who visits the Law Center regularly while classes are in session and is available to meet with students on a confidential basis, by appointment, free of charge. She is available to meet with students for personal counseling and faculty and staff for consultations. Appointments can be made directly through her office at (516) 616-3296 or via the Office of Student Services.
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Robert Fogel, Campus Rabbi, is available to meet with students for informal counseling. His office hours are Monday or Thursday from 12:30 - 5:00 pm. For appointments, please call (631) 761-7440 or email

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Students Helping Students (SHS) program is a student-centered program that was started in 2010. The SHS program’s mission is two-part: first, to serve as a source of comfort, guidance, and referral for fellow students no matter what their concerns or issues might be; and second, to compassionately and competently assist their peers who are at risk or in the throes of mental health problems.  For more information, email Click Here for the Student Helping Students Brochure.

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Collin Smith is the student representative of the Lawyer Assistance Program. He can be reached at

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Faculty Advisors are also available to meet with students.  If you are unsure who your faculty advisor is, please contact the Office of Student Services at (631) 761-7050 or

Off-Campus Resources

In addition to the internal resources that Touro Law Center offers, the following are also extremely helpful and confidential!  Please click on the links below for more information.
LAP provides education and confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law school students, and immediate family members who are affected by the problem of substance abuse, stress, depression or other mental health issues.  Its goal is to assist in the prevention, early identification, and intervention of problems that can affect professional conduct and quality of life. See above for the Student LAP Representative's information.
The foundation is a non-profit corporation with a mission to fight depression and prevent suicide by promoting and encouraging the diagnosis and treatment of depression among adolescents, young adults and law students.
LawLifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.
Dan Lukasik created, the first website and blog of its kind in the country, to help law students, lawyers and judges cope with and heal from depression.   He is a managing partner at the law firm of Bernhardi Lukasik PLLC in Buffalo and is listed in the publications The Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers and The Buffalo Law Journal’sWho’s Who in Law as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Buffalo. 
VIBS assists the survivors of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault; to prevent the incidence of these crimes through education and services; and, to raise community awareness of the need for justice and compassion for victims.
Response Crisis Center is a nationally accredited, Suffolk County based organization that provides a 24/7 crisis counseling and suicide prevention helpline as well as referrals to community mental health resources. Professionally trained and supervised volunteer counselors offer telephone support and help callers think through next steps, lower their anxiety, and find their own solutions. Crisis counselors also provide referrals for support groups, clinicians, mental health clinics, other hotlines, and a host of other community programs and services.
24/7 hotline: 631-751-7500
Spanish-language helpline (Monday-Friday, 5-10 PM): 631-751-7423