Monday, December 26, 2011

Law Student Well Being in Casebooks

Law student well being has recently become a hot topic in legal education reform.  There is a listserve on law student well being (Law-legaled) and an AALS Section (Balance in Legal Education).  Now, law student well being is entering the textbooks.  Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook by Michael Hunter Schwartz (Carolina Academic Press 2009) includes material on this topic.  At the end of each chapter, the authors have Professional Development Reflection Questions that contain questions and exercises concerning well being (especially toward the back of the book).  These questions and exercises focus on the positive psychology movement, which has created strategies for increased happiness.  For example, they write, "one strategy for increasing your happiness is to cultivate a sense of gratitude by thinking about things in life you have to be grateful for." (p. 488)

(Scott Fruehwald)

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