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657 Mindful Lawyer

This course will introduce students to mindfulness and how mindful practices can contribute to effective lawyering and personal well-being. There are many definitions of mindfulness, but its essence is non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. There is a growing field of mindfulness and the law that explores how mindfulness can aid many essential lawyering skills such as interviewing, empathy, ethical decision-making, conflict resolution, recognizing implicit bias and civility. This class will explore these and other applications of mindfulness. Mindfulness is also a tool that can assist in the management of stress and anxiety. Students will be expected to engage in regular mindful practices (including meditation), keep a weekly reflective journal, prepare two or three short papers and conclude with an oral presentation to the class. The course is pass/fail.

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