Law school can come with many stressors – the combination of a heavy workload and the pressure that comes along with it, extra-curricular activities and making a mark in the legal industry and balancing a busy life in general can cause many students to sometimes feel overwhelmed, especially in a field as competitive as the legal profession.
Often at times, these things can get in the way of a student’s mental health andwellbeing which can then have a detrimental effect on their academic, social and emotional health.
At Deakin, we have many resources that students may take advantage of to help with these pressures, and at the DLSS we strongly encourage students to do so because we would love all of our fellow law students to be able to thrive and enjoy their university experience as much as possible!
The External Resources page is designed to provide Deakin Law students with a diverse range of additional resources relevant to life as a law student or as a recent legal graduate.
JobWatch is an employment rights legal centre, which provides assistance to Victorian workers about their rights at work. They operate a free and confidential telephone information and referral service, community legal education seminars and provide representation and assistance for disadvantaged workers through a legal casework practice, as well as campaigning for law reform to promote workplace justice and equity for all Victorian workers. Find out more here.
Deakin offers free and confidential services for students who are struggling with uni related stress or pressure and general mental health issues. Counselling can occur over the phone or face to face with professional psychologists and social workers, and there is also an online service where students can submit anonymous questions about issues concerning them. Find out more here.
Feedback and Complaints
On DeakinSync students may submit an online feedback from pertaining to complaints or concerns that they may have about their course, administration, staff and students. It is important for the university to hear this feedback to not only improve your university experience, but also the experience of others who may not speak up with their concerns. Find out more here.
Information about concerns and complaints how to lodge a formal complaint to the university can be accessed here.
University Health Services
Deakin provides accessible and confidential medical services for all current students and staff, Deakin Medical Centres, located at each campus are staffed by qualified and experienced medical doctors and nurses. Find out more here.
Deakin’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) promotes inclusion and access, and provides information and services for students with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their study or participation in university life. Find out more here.
Emergency Accommodation Support
If you find yourself experiencing a housing crisis, or if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness, you can contact the Emergency Housing Support Service for further support or guidance. Find out more here.
Deakin’s Multifaith Chaplains deliver an important link for staff and students between the wisdom and guidance offered by all religions and the diversity of beliefs. It is not necessary to belong to any religious faith in order to use the chaplaincy services. Find out more here.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Services
24- Hour Services
On-campus emergencies 1800 062 579
DirectLine (drugs and alcohol) 1800 888 236
Gambler’s Help 1800 858 858
Gay/lesbian Switchboard 1800 184 527
Lifeline 13 11 14
Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292
Suicide Line 1300 651 251
Telephone Interpreter Service 13 14 50
Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Line
1800 015 188
Ambulance/ Fire/ Police 000
Poison Information Centre 131 126