Bringing Mindfulness into the Law School Classroom: A Personal Journey

10 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2012  

Richard C. Reuben

University of Missouri School of Law

Date Written: March, 15 2012

Abstract

This autobiographical essay discusses how the author used the techniques and benefits associated with mindfulness to improve his law school classroom teaching. Mindfulness is a state of non-judgmental present moment awareness that is often cultivated through meditation practice but also carried forward into everyday life. The essay discusses how this stance of mindfulness helped the author achieve a greater connection with his students in a variety of both doctrinal and non-traditional classes by fostering more openness, receptivity, and responsiveness to where students are at in the classroom moment, as well as the greater clarity, courage, and compassion that can be so helpful to the teacher who strives for an enhanced teaching experience.

Keywords: mindfulness, teaching, classroom, meditation

Suggested Citation

Reuben, Richard C., Bringing Mindfulness into the Law School Classroom: A Personal Journey (March, 15 2012). Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming; University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2024578

Richard Reuben (Contact Author)

University of Missouri School of Law ( email )

Missouri Avenue & Conley Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211
United States

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