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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Heather DePierro, 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 regard to course selection and other academic concerns. To make an appointment, email or call (631) 761-7050.
Adriana Silva, LMSW, is a professional counselor who is available to meet with students for personal counseling on a confidential basis, by appointment, free of charge. To schedule a virtual appointment via Calendly, click here. You may also call the Office of Student Services and Records at (631) 761-7050 if you need additional assistance.
Robert Fogel, Campus Rabbi, is available to meet with students for informal counseling. 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
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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


Student Assistance Program from Touro University - New York

The Health Advocate Program Student Assistance Program offers 24/7 telephone access to Licensed Professional Counselors and up to 3 in-person visits per issue for counseling on personal matters and help with achieving a healthier school/life balance.  These services are confidential, and are available at no cost to you.  Call Health Advocate's toll-free at (855) 384-1800; visit, enter Touro College in the dialog box, and choose Student Assistance Program from the drop-down menu; or send an email to

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. 
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.

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. 

Empowerment Collaborative of Long Island (ECLI) joined forces with the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBES), creating an organization dedicated to providing essential services, support and advocacy for those affected by violence and abuse. 

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