The Mindful Path to Success

Clinical Legal Education Association, Vol. 23, No. 2, Winter 2015-2016

5 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016

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Courtney G. Lee

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

This brief article explores how law professors might incorporate mindfulness exercises into their programs to help prepare students for success in law school and their future careers. Studies show that mindfulness and meditation tie closely to physical benefits like improved neuroplasticity, increased brain matter density, and reduced cognitive declines, such as those associated with advancing age. Mindfulness is connected to just about everything that law professors wish for their students: better memory and capacity for learning new skills, reduced anxiety, higher-quality sleep, improved decision-making skills, the ability to cope with stress in healthy ways, stronger empathy and communication proficiency, and improved overall wellbeing, among others. A list of resources with links to further reading is included.

Keywords: mindfulness, neuroplasticity, student success, stress, wellbeing, meditation

Suggested Citation

Lee, Courtney G., The Mindful Path to Success (December 1, 2015). Clinical Legal Education Association, Vol. 23, No. 2, Winter 2015-2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2726798

Courtney G. Lee (Contact Author)

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law ( email )

3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817
United States

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