Using Mindfulness Meditation to Foster Reflection in Externships

14 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2021

Date Written: August 12, 2018


In an externship setting, where students are asked to combine theory and practice, intentional reflection is key to processing what has been learned from experience. Students are asked to maintain an open curiosity about practice and to connect with their inner experiential world as part of this process. There is a natural connection between reflection and contemplative practice. Teaching reflection to law students can be enhanced by introducing mindfulness practices which share similar attributes such as open awareness, observation, and acceptance of both positive and negative outcomes. This article describes the ways in which mindfulness techniques can be introduced into an externship curriculum and shares lessons and improvements for the future.

Keywords: experiential learning, externships, reflection, mindfulness, contemplative practice, legal education

Suggested Citation

Lintal, Alison, Using Mindfulness Meditation to Foster Reflection in Externships (August 12, 2018). Southwestern University Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 329, 2019, Available at SSRN:

Alison Lintal (Contact Author)

Penn State Dickinson Law ( email )

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Carlisle, PA 17304
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