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Academic Advising and Support

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

On this page: SAO Drop-in hours | Scheduling an Appointment | Additional Services at McGill

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.

Following your appointment, please take some time to complete our CDO & SAO Feedback Survey.

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.