Wellness at Berkeley Law

Some people love every minute of law school. Some people don’t. Most students experience ups and downs as rigorous academic demands intersect with family obligations, daily life, and countless personal and professional events beyond Berkeley Law. As with any major undertaking, you will get more out of law school if you take care of yourself mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. 

At Berkeley Law, we are committed to the success and well-being of all our students. Berkeley Law and the greater Berkeley campus contain a number of departments and resources dedicated to providing support and guidance to help students personally and academically. These pages are for everyone at Berkeley Law, including those who are doing fine and those who could use a hand. 



Student Services

If you’re not sure where to start contact us or drop by for an appointment. Dean of Students Annik Hirshen  (510.643.3057), and Senior Director of Student Services Kyle Valenti (510.642.3263) are available for academic and personal advising and counseling. The Office of Student Services is located in 280 Simon Hall and the phone number is 510.643.2744.

Berkeley Law Psychologists

You may also want to meet with Berkeley Law’s dedicated Psychologists. Dr. Linda Zaruba is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Dr. Xiao Xia Song is available on Tuesdays. You can call Dr. Zaruba to set an appointment at 510.326.1267. You can also Secure Message Dr. Zaruba and Dr. Song through the etang.berkeley.edu portal. 

For Graduates - The Basic Needs Center

The Basic Needs Center is committed to supporting our graduate student community. If you have further questions or know of a resource that could be added below, please email us at basicneedscenter@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail).


Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Berkeley Law has a number of gender neutral bathrooms available, which are all listed below:

285, 309, 348, 350, 448, 450, 696, 796, and 896.

For more information about gender neutral bathroom across Berkeley’s campus please see the universities gender neutral bathroom webpage