The John Marshall Law School Counseling Center

Law school can be a challenging time, and many students may struggle with multiple stressors, including academic and career concerns, family and relationship problems, coping with societal oppression and discrimination, and transitioning to a new phase of life. Counseling can be an effective and powerful tool towards managing stress, providing emotional support, exploring interpersonal patterns, and reducing and treating symptoms of mental health disorders.

The John Marshall Law School Counseling Center, a partnership with Sankofa Psychological Services, LLC, offers on-site confidential services for students. We accept student health insurance, private insurance plans, and offer a low-cost self-pay option for students who are uninsured, underinsured, or have limited financial means.

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Services for Students

The John Marshall Law School Counseling Center offers:

  • Individual counseling
  • Relationship counseling
  • Disability accommodations evaluations
  • A free, weekly, drop-in stress management group
  • Office hours for urgent concerns
  • Wellness workshops and educational programming
  • Consultation for faculty and staff

How to Access Services

Individual and Relationship Counseling: Students can contact the Counseling Center for an initial appointment via email at or at 312.427.2737 ext. 455. Please provide the folowing information in your message:

  • Name anmd pronouns (preferred and legal)
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Insurance information (insurance policy name, member name, ID number, group number) or acknowledge that you do not have insurance access
  • Best days/times to reach you for a brief phone call to discuss your interest in counseling

Disability Accommodations Assessments: Students can contact Kristen Kordesh, Assistant Registrar/Disability Accommodations Administrator, at 312.427.2737 ext. 773 to initiate assessment services.

Free, Weekly, Drop-In Stress Management Group: No appointment or commitment necessary. The group will take place on Thursdays from Noon–12:45 p.m. (Room S-522).

Office Hours for Urgent Concerns: For brief meetings to discuss crisis planning and referrals, please come to the Counseling Center Waiting Room (Room S-533) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday from 4–5 p.m. Students will be seen in order of appearance. Note that the Counseling Center staff will escort students individually from the waiting room approximately every 15 minutes throughout the hour.

Wellness Workshops: Faculty, staff, clinics, and student groups can contact Dr. Kramer, Counseling Center Coordinator, at 312.427.2737 ext. 685 or

Faculty and Staff Consultation: Reach out to the Student Support and Emergency Team or contact Dr. Kramer, Counseling Center Coordinator, at 312.427.2737 ext. 685 during office hours (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4–5 p.m.), but please note that students with urgent concerns will take priority.

Questions or Concerns

If you have questions or concerns about the Counseling Center, please reach out to Dr. Kramer directly:

Brooke Kramer, PsyD
Counseling Center Coordinator/Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 685
Office: Room S-537

About the Counselors

Our counselors share a strong commitment to assisting students overcome obstacles to academic and personal success. They each have experience working in the mental health field prior to working at the counseling center and are currently supervised by licensed staff psychologists.


Brooke Kramer, PsyD
Jeff VanDenBussche, MA, LPC

Sarah Yi, MA, LPC

In Case of Emergency

If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation, or are in immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else, please do not wait for an appointment at the Counseling Center. Go to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. To locate the closest emergency room, students can visit

The nearest hospital to John Marshall is:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312.926.2000

Crisis Hotlines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK(8255)
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Hotline): 1.866.488.7386
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE(7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)
Illinois Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.25.ABUSE(2-2873)
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1.888.293.2080


Contact Us

JMLS Counseling Center
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 455


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 1.800.273.8255