Friday, March 21, 2014

Coping with the Emotional Side of Practicing Law

Sometimes lawyers lose cases, and their clients suffer. Sometimes the stakes in a case are high, and just dealing with the case is stressful. Law schools need to prepare their students for the stress. Here is an excerpt from an article on Progressive Law Practice:

Some believe lawyers should be given more tools to deal with the emotional side of practicing and that there is an inherent psychological side of the legal profession that is largely overlooked.

Sara Martin, writing for the American Psychological Association Monitor cited psychologist Jennifer K. Robbennolt when she criticized the lack of law school preparation regarding student’s ability to understand human psychology. Robbennolt is a law and psychology professor at the University of Illinois College of Law who co-authored a book about ways lawyers could be more tuned-in to the psychological needs of their clients.

“Given that lawyers spend most of their time interviewing, counseling, negotiating with and trying to persuade other people, it is really important that they think about what the science says about how people think and behave and how that might inform the way they think about best practices,” Robbennolt told the APA.

The book, "Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making" was co-authored by Jean R. Sternlight, a law professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, according to information the APA.


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