University of Miami School of Law CourseLink Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2022

Course Description
The role of mindfulness in law has become relevant not just to lawyers and judges personally, but to them as a matter of professional practice. National conferences have been held in the last fifteen years exploring the role of mindfulness in legal practice and education. For a decade the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association and numerous state and local bars have been offering lawyers, judges, law professors and law students programs that explore mindfulness and its relationship to practice forms, including trial practice, negotiation, mediation, oral advocacy, and collaborative law, as well as fundamental tools for effective practice that include attention skills, listening skills, reflective capacity, empathy, emotional regulation, and decision-making. This course explores the ways that mindfulness may enrich one’s skill set in relationship to the negotiation process. Over the course of our week together, you will learn basic negotiation techniques and principles, acquire a foundation level understanding of mindfulness and mindfulness practice, develop foundational tools to integrate mindfulness into your professional and personal lives, and reflect on and practice integrating mindfulness into your approach to negotiation. Review of neuroscience research findings offer deeper insights into the underlying mechanisms of communication, decision-making and behavior. Student Learning Objectives: After completing this course, students should: 1. Have a foundation level understanding of basic negotiation techniques and principles. 2. Appreciate the connection between the cultivation of greater mindful awareness and the negotiation process. 3. Have a foundation level understanding of what constitutes mindfulness and the ways it relates to mindfulness practice, relaxation, concentration, and empathy. 4. Acquire a basic understanding of the ways that mindfulness practice may facilitate greater self-awareness and focus and enhance communication and the ability to more skillfully regulate emotions. Instructional Methods: Class will consist of interactive lectures and discussion, role playing, and in-class practice. Short Course Attendance Policy: Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-18-2022 - 04-25-2022  


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Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: The primary areas upon which grading is based, and their respective weightings are: class participation (50%) and final project (50%). The final project consists of an in-class role play and written paper. Daily mindfulness practice is between 10-15 minutes, and the final paper is approximately 4 pages in length.
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Special Attributes:
Short Course
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Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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Phone: 305-284-5527
Office: A315


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