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Academic Advising and Support

Students are encouraged to seek academic advice and support from the SAO throughout their academic career.

Students, if you are struggling to deal with depression, anxiety, financial problems or any other personal problem, support is available. Make sure to use the McGill resources at your disposal. Unsure of where to turn? Come by your SAO on the 4th floor or send your availabilities to sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca to schedule an appointment with Nancy Czemmel, Director Student Life & Learning, Vanessa Morelli, Student Affairs Consultant or Giosi Rota, Student Affairs Consultant.  The SAO will point you in the direction of the right resources. If you notice one of your classmates struggling, please send them our way.

L’Université McGill offre tout un éventail de services pour favoriser un milieu accueillant. Parmi ces services, vous trouverez du counseling, de l’aide en santé mentale, des programmes de bourses d’études et d’aide financière aux étudiants, la Maison des premières nations, de même que les installations liées au sport et à l’exercice physique.  Veuillez visiter www.mcgill.ca/studentservices pour plus de détails.

Voici deux services-clés:

SAO Drop-in Hours

SAO Drop-in hours for the current academic year are as follows:

Monday - Thursday:
10:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 16:00

10:00 - noon

Scheduling an Appointment

Most student questions can be answered by our SAO website or the SAO front counter staff. However, there are certain cases where an appointment with the Director or an advisor is necessary. All appointment requests must be made via sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

For career-related services such as discussing career opportunities, or having your CV reviewed, please refer to the CDO website.

Nancy Czemmel (Director, Student Life & Learning):
o Student advising & support
o Accommodations
o Extension or deferral requests
o Comité des équivalences, special students and advanced standing course selection
o Course change/Withdrawal
o Part time status
o Leave of absence

Vanessa Morelli (Student Affairs Consultant):
o Student Advising & support (1L & 2L)
o Degree/program planning; degree audits
o Exchanges (course selection, transfer credits, application process)
o Majors, joint programs
o Student Life & Learning Series
o Peer to Peer Support Program

Giosi Rota (Student Affairs Consultant):
o Student advising & support (Upper Years)
o Degree/program planning; degree audits
o IUTs
o Internships
o Summer Term Away
o Mooting; Clerkships; Internships (CLE)
o Exam conflicts & deferrals

If you are unsure who to address your enquiry to or who to make an appointment with, email sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (the SAO).

Professors are there to offer advice as well! Read Professor Rosalie Jukier and Professor Robert Leckey’s discussion about academic writing skills.

Additional advising services at McGill

Additional advising services available to students: McGill's First-Year Office, McGill's Counselling Service, McGill’s Writing Centre, McGill’s Tutoring Service and McGill's Service Point. For more information on services available, read up on Who’s Who.

McGill's Counselling Service offers various workshops to support students through their studies, from "Healthy Relationships" and "Public Speaking" to "Surviving Grad School" and a Bereavement Support Group. Visit their site for their schedule of Current workshops.

McGill also provides Guidelines for the Academic Accommodation of Pregnant Students and Students Caring for Dependants.