A Proposal for Basic and Brief TJ Education: Promoting Academic, Ethical, and Vocational Objectives

11 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2020

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David B. Wexler

University of Puerto Rico - School of Law; University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Date Written: January 20, 2020

Abstract

This essay, prepared for a journal special issue devoted to therapeutic jurisprudence, proposes a short (one or two class sessions) introduction to the conceptual method of thinking regarding therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ); this introduction could be part of a course in legal profession, professional responsibility, legal writing and analysis, legal clinic, or other courses. The proposal suggests that, before class, the students watch a short video and read two short articles. Ideally, if a second class session is plausible within the confines of the substantive course, an additional short reading assignment would be very welcome.

The underlying premise is that with a clear and basic understanding of the TJ method of thinking, students would be equipped to see the material of their other classes through a "TJ lens," and they will similarly be able to approach their clinical work and later practice guided by paying close attention to how the role of the law and lawyering might promote psychological well-being.

Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence, TJ, legal education, legal clinics, professional responsibility, legal profession, legal writing and analysis

Suggested Citation

Wexler, David B., A Proposal for Basic and Brief TJ Education: Promoting Academic, Ethical, and Vocational Objectives (January 20, 2020). Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 20-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3523226 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3523226

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