Office of Student Life & Leadership

Our Mission

The Office of Student Life & Leadership complements and supports the mission of The John Marshall Law School by creating opportunities that enrich the personal, academic, and professional development of our students.

Student Health & Wellness

Enhancing Student Wellness

The Office of Student Life strives to understand students holistically, so our support for you goes beyond the classroom. Please use the following resources to care for yourself—body, mind, and soul!

  • Counseling Center (S-521)

    Counseling can be a powerful tool to manage the stress of law school. In partnership with Sankofa Psychological Services, LLC, John Marshall’s Counseling Center offers confidential services for students to confront those challenges head on.

  • Emergency Fund

    The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled John Marshall students who are experiencing an unanticipated, temporary hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation.

  • Food Pantry (S-1102)

    If you are struggling to feed yourself or your family, visit the John Marshall "Food for Thought" Food Pantry (across from Room S-1102). Food is always available for those who need it.

  • Health Insurance

    Health insurance can sometimes be complicated to understand and utilize; this resource can help you navigate it.

  • Lawyers’ Assistance Program

    Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) practitioners—lawyers with supplemental degrees in a mental health field—provide free services to law students, including therapy, character and fitness consultations, referrals, and assessments.

  • Serenity Room (S-1105)

    The Serenity Room is open to any students for quiet meditation, prayer, yoga, or other wellness practices. You may request a 30-minute pass to the Serenity Room by submitting your ID at the State Street security desk.

  • Student Support & Emergency Team

    The Student Support & Emergency Team (SSET) oversees case management and early intervention for students experiencing some level of distress. Refer a student in need of support to [email protected].

  • Student Veterans Resource Center (S-1104)

    Recognizing the unique situation of student veterans, John Marshall created the Student Veterans Resource Center (Room S-1104) to provide veterans and active servicemembers a space in which to connect and study together.

  • Wellness Resources

    The Office of Student Life has assembled the following list of local wellness resources that may be useful to you.

Student Learning & Leadership

Developing Outstanding Leaders

Your classroom and externship/clinical experiences will help you develop as a professional, but John Marshall has so much more to offer. The following resources will support you in developing leadership skills and developing a professional network.

  • Professional Development Fund

    We want to support your career goals. When you find a law-related opportunity not otherwise funded by the law school, you can apply to our Student Professional Development Fund for reimbursement of travel and other expenses.

Student Resources

Addressing Student Concerns

The work of law school is challenging, but knowing how to navigate at John Marshall shouldn’t be! Please contact the Office of Student Life if you need more information on an internal process or procedure, need a referral to support resources, or are having difficulty of any kind.

  • “Ask the Dean”

    Have a question about the mission, policies, or personnel at John Marshall? Have a suggestion on how we can improve our processes? Submit your thoughts, and Dean Dickerson will select one question each month to answer in a public forum.

  • Disability Accommodations

    The John Marshall Law School is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational and extracurricular opportunities for students with disabilities. Students with documented disabilities may request reasonable accommodations from the Office of Student Life.

  • Harassment/Bias Complaints

    The John Marshall Law School is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and bias to its students, staff, and faculty. Please report incidents of discrimination, harassment, bias, and retaliation.

  • Title IX Complaints

    Title IX is an all-encompassing federal law that protects you from gender-based discrimination in law school. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence, or sexual discrimination, please let us know.

  • Student Handbook

    The Student Handbook provides school and city resources, as well as some general tips for thriving in the law school context.

  • Student Complaint Policy

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Contact Us

Jennifer Pope, PhD
Assistant Dean for Student Life & Leadership
312.427.2737 ext. 435
[email protected]
Office: S-208

Clarence Glenn, MBA
Associate Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development
312.427.2737 ext. 253
[email protected]
Office: S-206

Wendi Liss, JD, LCSW
Accommodations Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator
312.427.2737 ext. 171
[email protected]
Office: S-204

Vanessa Matthews-Jackson, MSW
Administrative Assistant
312.427.2737 ext. 350
[email protected]
Office: S-209