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Spring 2016

Course Description
Most law school courses develop logic and language abilities. Research shows, however, that other skills, commonly referred to as "emotional intelligence," often play a greater role in professional success. These skills include cultivating self awareness, managing emotions, getting motivated, recognizing emotions in others, and handling relationships. (For further detail see Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence).

This ground-breaking course serves as a counterweight to the traditional law school curriculum. Its goal is to prepare students to meet the challenges of life in the law and to interact effectively with colleagues, clients and adversaries. In particular, students will learn how to reduce stress, increase happiness, improve performance, and relate to others.

The course lays a foundation for life-long development of emotional intelligence. During class time, students will engage in experiential practices, such as mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and goal-setting. Outside the classroom, students will complete a variety of assignments. They will develop a contemplative routine and design a personal project with significant impact upon their lives. For some of the exercises offered in the course, see the link at the bottom of the course description.

The course requires that students keep a regular journal. Grades are based not on emotional aptitude but on the time and energy devoted to fostering the above skills.

Some seats in this class will be reserved for students from the wait list. These seats will be allocated by the instructor. Students wishing to be considered for these seats should submit a brief statement describing their reasons for taking the course to by Friday November 13, 2015.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-11-2016 - 04-20-2016   MW  2:00 PM-3:20 PM A216B

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every other year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Written assignments and class participation
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-3644
Office: G282