Studying law is an exciting, affirming endeavor and the first step towards your chosen career. Along with this excitement, Law school can also be overwhelming, resulting in significant increases in stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. 

But you are not alone. The College of Law (in partnership with University Counseling Services) offers free counseling within the building, for Law students, creating easy access to get the support and assistance you may need. 

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Sam Ramsey, LMSW

Embedded Staff Therapist

Embedded Therapy at the College of Law

The mission of the University Counseling Service at the College of Law is to provide compassionate psychological services, outreach, and trainings that foster the mental health of law students, nurture student success, and contribute to a safe, welcoming, and multiculturally aware environment for all University of Iowa law students. 

The embedded location within the College of Law allows a unique opportunity to engage directly with law students and their environment through individual, couples and group counseling, consultations, outreach programming and case management. The UCS in the College of Law also has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to creating an environment that is welcoming to everyone. 


An embedded therapist works within a community and has specialized knowledge about that community. As the embedded therapist at the College of Law, I am familiar with common mental health concerns students within the College of Law often face. 

The embedded therapist offers a variety of services including:

  • Support groups
  • Brief individual therapy
  • Brief couples therapy
  • Consultation
  • Clinical workshops
  • Prevention and psychoeducational programs

This service is available for all students currently enrolled at the College of Law.

You can schedule an appointment by emailing Jaret Morlan ( directly or calling the UCS front desk at 319-335-7294.

For your first appointment, you will fill out some forms that tell the embedded therapist a little about who you are and what concerns you have. Then the therapist will meet with you for about 50 minutes to learn more about your concerns. At the end you and the therapist will work together to decide what comes next.

In an emergency or crisis related to mental health, please utilize the following resources:

Special Programming

  • Creating Connection is a weekly support group for students interested in managing the challenges and stresses of Law School, including Imposter Syndrome, stress management, and isolation, through creating interpersonal connections and the exploration of values. This group has limited spots, so if you are interested, please email 
  • Every Friday, 3:30pm-4:50pm 
  • The zoom link will be provided after admission to the group. 

  • Family First is a bi-weekly support group for law students who are holding additional and specific stressors related to being a caregiver for a loved one, and/or raising children, in addition to the daily challenges of being a law student and the pandemic. Meetings will include sharing, group discussions, activities, and resource referrals. Drop-ins welcomed. 
  • Meets every two weeks on Wednesdays, 3:30pm-4:50pm; 10/28, 11/11, 12/9 (No group on the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas) 

  • Loss and grief are universally human experiences, but often the grief work can feel halted or stuck and it’s helpful to have support and guidance while navigating loss. Memory Keepers is an open support group that offers such support to UI Law Students. There is no member limit and participants are welcome to attend at will. Please email to find out more information about the content and structure of the group. 
  • Every Monday, 11:00a-12:00p 
  • The zoom link will be provided by facilitator. 

  • Brief, drop-in conversations where students can ask mental health questions, problem solve, or obtain resources from our therapists. This is not a therapy session or a crisis service. Each drop in session of Let's Talk, Hawks! is roughly 15 minutes. 
  • Every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Remember, you are not alone. The University of Iowa also offers mental health services to support students, faculty, staff, their families, and the community. 

Mental Health at Iowa