INBALANCE is the law school’s health and well-being initiative. As part of the initiative, the law school hosts various programs and posts helpful information that supports law student well-being.

The American Bar Association, Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia State Bar, and all law schools in the Commonwealth have committed resources to raise awareness of and support the mental health of law students in Virginia.

For more information on the wellness movement in the Virginia legal community, visit the Report On Wellness . For updates and helpful tips for current students, visit the Scalia Law Career Services Facebook page

Scalia Law INBALANCE Resources and Programs

One-on-One Appointments, Group Events, and Other Resources

  • George Mason’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has clinicians and psychologists on staff who take appointments virtually, in Arlington in the Van Metre Building, and in Fairfax. One professional is specifically dedicated to work with law students three days a week, and all CAPs staff work closely with the law school community to stay up-to-date about the challenges law school students face.  Scalia Law students who would like help navigating through a challenging time can call (703) 993-2380 to make an appointment and ask for an appointment with the law school dedicated staff person, or any member of CAPS.  CAPS also organizes group therapy sessions, and offers various podcasts.  To read more about CAPS resources, visit CAPS
  • The Mason Student Support and Advocacy Center, the Mason Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, and Mason’s University Life department also have many other services available to support the physical and mental health of Scalia Law students. For information about their many resources and programs, visit:
  • For all law students in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the professionals at the Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP) are available for FREE one-on-one meetings, and a variety of law student and lawyer virtual and in person programming.  VJLAP works closely with representatives from all Virginia law schools.  A VJLAP professional is available for free one-on-one meetings regarding substance abuse or mental health concerns either virtually, or during her on-site office hours held several times a month in The Leadership Center.  For more information about how VJLAP helps law students, visit: Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Student Assistance.
  • For physical health services support, visit Student Health Services
  • For food insecurity assistance, visit Food Pantry Assistance

Representative Events

  • Law School Mental Health Awareness Events (October)
  • Well-being Week in Law Events and Exercises (May)
  • Stress, Resiliency, and Self-Care
  • A Profession at Risk: A Discussion of the Well-being Movement in the ABA and VSB
  • Well-being Events, sponsored by our student organization, the Mason Law Disability Initiative
  • VJLAP Fall Retreat
  • CAPS-moderated Law Student Group Discussions
  • Yoga on the Plaza
  • Mindfulness Exercises

Legal Profession Well-being Resources and Programs

Well-being Tips

Nutrition and Stress

Substance Abuse