Academic Advising and Support

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

If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, financial problems or any other personal problem, support is available. Come by your SAO on the 4th floor or send your availabilities to sao.law [at] mcgill.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, 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

The SAO's Office hours for Fall 2017 are:

  • Lundi au jeudi: 9h00 à 16h00
  • Vendredi: 9h00 à 12h30

Come speak to a Student Advisor during these drop in hours:

  • Vendredi: 13h00 - 14h30

As of November 20, Student Advisor drop in hours will be the following:

  • Wednesday: 13h00 – 14h30
  • Vendredi: 13h00 - 14h30 

Pour prendre un rendez-vous en dehors des heures d'ouverture, veuillez envoyer un courriel avec votre disponibilité à SAO.law [at] mcgill.ca. For general questions, please visit the Student Affairs Office during open hours to speak with a member of the office – See SAO Fall Hours above. Drop in sessions with Advisors will only be during the times mentioned above or by appointment.

Equity Advising Drop In Hours

Your Student Advisor (Indigenous & Equity), Charlotte Burns, will be holding regular Equity Advising Drop-In hours on Mondays starting November 20th from 1pm to 2:30pm (during universal break).

All students are welcome to attend, however Indigenous students, racialized students, LGBTT2sQ students, students with disabilities, student parents and students from other marginalised groups are in particular encouraged to drop by for advising services.

Vous pouvez trouver Charlotte dans la salle 435 sur le 4ème étage (à côté de l’ascenseur ouest). 

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.law [at] mcgill.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.law [at] mcgill.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.

Workshops and Info Sessions

The Faculty of Law Student Affairs Office runs workshops and information sessions during the year. Each session is geared to help equip you with the tools you need to navigate the law program from start to finish, with emphasis on academics and general wellness. During our sessions, we are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the program and faculty.