This site features the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. Dr Seligman founded Positive Psychology, a new branch of psychology that focuses on the empirical study of positive emotions, strengths-based character and healthy institutions. The site offers many self-evaluation instruments that can be done online for immediate feedback.
Booklets for Law Students – Health, Satisfaction, and Constructive Career Choices
Kim Wright’s Web site poses the question, “What if lawyers were peacemakers, problem solvers and healers of conflict?” and describes itself as a multi-media history of the various aspects of the comprehensive law movement. The Web site features an expanding array of video interviews of pioneers and leaders in the movement to infuse balance into legal education.
This 2007 conference featured more than 25 sessions on the effects of legal education on students’ well-being and ideas for improving legal education and the student experience. The site includes links to the full text of articles published in the Washburn Law Journal after the conference.
Stephanie West Allen’s expansive site includes mindfulness resources for lawyers.
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
The ILTL, co-directed by Michael Hunter Schwartz and Gerry Hess, contains many print and electronic resources on teaching and learning in law school. The site includes full text of books and articles dealing with legal education, for example, Daisy Hurst floyd’s article, “Reclaiming Purpose, Our Students’ and Our Own.” The ILTL site also includes videos, with program notes, designed for use in faculty colloquia on improving teaching methods and the law school culture. The videos incorporate interviews of many law students, and provide insights into student experiences, principles of effective teaching and issues of diversity.
International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Founded by Paul L. Caron and Joe Hodnicki, this site hosts many topical blogs created by and for law professors. Some of these regularly post news items and other thoughts directly relevant to humanizing the law school experience. For example, the Legal Writing Professors blog frequently mentions innovative teaching techniques and addresses other matters directly relevant to student well-being.
David Thomson’s blog discusses change in legal education and the role
technology can play in facilitating that change.
Legal Education, ADR, and Practical Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Project
David Jaffe at American University Washington College of Law has produced a video on law students and substance abuse. The aim of the video is to convey the message that students need to get out in front of their problems while still in school. The video is now available online through American University’s website. The above link should take you directly to the video; you can also follow the link to “Staying Healthy Video” on http://www.wcl.american.edu/studentaffairs/.
Teaching and Learning Law – Resources for Legal Education
Susannah Pollvogt’s blog provides links and commentary on issues related to academic achievement and the movement to humanize legal education. It also provides a forum for students to ask questions (and hopefully receive helpful answers) about those issues.