Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

An Empirical Study Of The Effects Of Mindfulness Training On Law Students

Charity Scott (Georgia State; Google Scholar) & Paul Verhaeghen (Georgia Tech; Google Scholar), Calming down and Waking Up: An Empirical Study of the Effects of Mindfulness Training on Law Students, 21 Nev. L.J. 277 (2020):

This Article discusses efforts to address directly the crisis in the mental health and well-being of law students by providing training in mindfulness. It describes an empirical study of three offerings of mindfulness training at a law school and reports its results in reducing law students’ stress (“calming down”) and providing other benefits, such as increased self-awareness (“waking up”) and its corollaries in various aspects of emotional, personal, and interpersonal well-being. Key findings include positive benefits in: lowering perceived stress
and reactivity to triggers causing stress; increasing self-reported focus and concentration; improving the ability to reframe one’s outlook (and thus resilience); increasing self-compassion and self-acceptance (thereby taming the severe “inner critic” prevalent in many high-achieving law students and lawyers); and strengthening students’ mindfulness generally, which has been shown in research from other fields to positively affect many dimensions of health and well-being.

The Article explores how these specific benefits support important lawyering skills and competencies that are needed in contemporary legal practice.

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