PRESENT TENSE: INCORPORATING MINDFULNESS, HAPPINESS, AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INTO EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM CURRICULA

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Saturday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

PRESENT TENSE: INCORPORATING MINDFULNESS, HAPPINESS, AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INTO EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM CURRICULA, Room LB 12

Juliana Siconolfi, The George Washington University Law School

Mindfulness. Happiness. Positive psychology. These topics are becoming more widely considered and even embraced within the legal profession. Externship programs are a prime space in which to talk with law students about the professional importance of mindfulness, happiness, and positive psychology, in part because of a cornerstone of externship pedagogy: reflective learning. Yet, externship program faculty may not include these topics in their curricula, for any number of reasons. This presentation offers a general overview of what is meant by "mindfulness," "happiness," and "positive psychology," including insight into their relevance and value in the legal academy and legal profession. The session will demonstrate how educators can teach these topics. It will offer design suggestions for legal externship courses and assess the potential rewards and challenges of those suggestions.

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