Teaching materials, articles, and guest bloggers on wellness in law school.
There has been an explosion of interest in wellness at law schools, and in the greater legal community. The purpose of this website is to make it easier for those working in this area to share ideas, teaching materials, articles and announcements. I’ll start the ball off by posting materials for a 2-hour course my co-authors and I have developed on psychoeducation for anxiety. You can learn more about the course by clicking on the links below.
I’m a clinical psychologist as well as a lawyer, and often work within a cognitive behavioral framework. I’m a fan of (and use) other techniques and approaches as well, and hope this site allows us all to learn more about our and others’ approaches.
The website is meant to be a joint project. There is space immediately below, for example, to respond to this comment but also post a comment on a different topic. You’ll then be the “current blogger.” There are also links that will allow you to upload your own materials, articles etc. to this site.
– Joe Bankman, Stanford
- 1st Blog Post of the Law School Wellness Project, Peter Huang, University of Colorado Law School
I am happy and thankful to be the first blogger at The Law School Wellness Project. This website is a wonderful idea and great public service. Many of us who teach law bear witness first-hand to many of our students’ anxieties, fears, stress, depression, frustration, and feelings of being overwhelmed. A number of us believe there must be some way to teach our students to become resilient, successful, and thriving lawyers and humans…
- Psychoeducation for Anxiety, Joe Bankman, Stanford Law School
These materials explain the cognitive behavioral model of anxiety and techniques to reduce anxiety. The course has been taught successfully at Stanford and Yale Law Schools. The materials assume no prior knowledge of the area; we teach instructors the material and teach instructors how to teach the material. We offer a (free) webinar for instructors.
- Well-Being and the Practice of Law, Daniel S. Bowling, III, Duke Law School
The class focuses on the important, but under-explored question: what is the impact of alleged lawyer unhappiness on legal professionalism? The course is discussed here.
- Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Law Students: Three Keys to Mastery, William S. Blatt, University of Miami School of Law
Articles and Websites
- Professor Peter Huang, University of Colorado Law School
Huang is interested in empowering law students to make better decisions by practicing mindfulness and utilizing thinking tools. Huang and Denver University law school professor Debra Austin are working to apply positive psychology, positive computing, and positive education to help law students thrive and law schools flourish. Austin and Huang are collaborating on a study to analyze how legal education impacts law students’ well-being, pro-social behavior, decision-making, and ethical behavior. Huang is also interested in fostering law students to become more creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers.
- Mindfulness in Legal Education, UC Berkeley School of Law
Helpful readings, syllabi, videos, and resources provided by UC Berkeley School of Law
- Jurisight, The University of Miami School of Law
Jurisight was created by Scott Rogers, M.S., J.D., from UMiami as a method of sharing mindfulness with lawyers, judges, and law students that uses the language, imagery and culture of the law to communicate fundamental mindfulness insights and exercises. It brings together groundbreaking work in the field of neuroscience and the contemplative practice of mindfulness.
- The Mindful Lawyer
The Mindful Lawyer, also created by Scott Rogers, M.S., J.D., in collaboration with Jurisight, provides resources, events, programs, and information about mindfulness and law.