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Spring 2020

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.

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. Class time will be devoted to topics such as mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and life design. Outside of class, students will continuously pursue life changing practices, including adherence to a contemplative routine, engagement in effective communication, and completion of a project utilizing emotional intelligence skills.

The course comprises a training program in emotional intelligence. As such, it requires a commitment to regular and intensive daily work. The workload is heavier than many law school courses. The focus is on growth and learning. Thus, grades are based not on emotional aptitude but on time and energy expended.

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 as soon as possible, and no later than November 15, 2019.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   MW  2:00 PM-3:20 PM F300

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every other year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Daily journal logging work done with practices offered in the course, 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):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Passion & Reason - Making Sense of Our Emotions
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Lazarus & Lazarus
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Edition: 1994 edition
    ISBN: 9780195104615
  • Textbook Name: Emotional Intelligence
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Goleman
    Publisher: Random
    Edition: 10th Anniversary (2006)
    ISBN: 9780553383713
  • Textbook Name: Authentic Happiness
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Seligman
    Publisher: The Free Press
    Edition: 2002 edition
    ISBN: 9780743222983
  • Textbook Name: The Emotionally Intelligent Manager
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Caruso & Salovey
    Publisher: Jossey-Bass
    Edition: 2004 edition
    ISBN: 9780787970710
  • Textbook Name: Stress for Success
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Loehr
    Publisher: Random
    Edition: 1997 edition
    ISBN: 9780812930092
  • Textbook Name: The Art of Positive Communication - Theory and Practice
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Mirivel
    Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
    Edition: 1st edition
    ISBN: 9781433120992
  • Textbook Name: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Stephen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Edition: 2013 edition
    ISBN: 9781451639612
  • Textbook Name: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Hayes
    Publisher: New Harbinger Publication
    Edition: one edition only
    ISBN: 9781572244252
  • Textbook Name: Nonviolent Communication
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Rosenberg
    Publisher: Puddle Dancer Press
    Edition: 2003 edition
    ISBN: 9781892005281
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Monday, January 13,2020 Please read the following: 1. Erwin Griswold, Law Schools and Human Relations, 37 Chi Bar Record 199 (1956). 2. American Bar Association, At the Breaking Point, The Report of the National Conference on the Emerging Crisis in the Quality of Lawyers' Health and Lives -- Its Impact on Law Firms and Client Services, "Consensus Statement," 29-30 (1991). 3. Susan Swaim Daicoff, Lawyer Know Thyself: A Psychological Analysis of Personality Strengths and Weaknesses, 8-13 (2006). 4. Daniel Goldman, Emotional Intelligence, "Introduction," ix-xviii "When Smart is Dumb" 33-36, 44-45. 5. Richard S. Lazarus and Bernice N. Lazarus, Passion and Reason: Making Sense Of Our Emotions, "Stress and Emotions," 219-225 (1994). 6. Herbert Benson, The Relaxation Response, 96-102, 158-166 (1975). The bookstore should have Emotional Intelligence and Passion and Reason. The other readings are available on TWEN and at the copy center.


    1. Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence

    2. David Caruso and Peter Salovey, The Emotional Intelligent Manager

    3. Spencer C. Hayes, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

    4. Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication

    5. Richard S. Lazarus and Bernice N. Lazarus, Passion and Reason: Making Sense of Our Emotions

    6. Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness

    7. James Loehr, Stress For Success


    1. Julien C. Mirivel, The Art Of Positive Communication

    2. Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits Of Effective People

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    Please make sure you are registered on TWEN. For assistance email Pam Lucken at plucken@ or Robin Schard at Class Meeting Location: Room F300 Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays Time: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

    First Class Assignment.pdf



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