Mindfulness as an essential element of law school curriculum

George, S. (2015). The Cure for the Distracted Mind: Why Law Schools Should Teach Mindfulness. Duquesne University Law Review, 53, 14-23. Full text (click on Download This Paper).

Abstract. Building on scientific evidence that mindfulness meditation can improve attention, learning, working memory capacity, academic achievement, empathy, self-compassion, and creativity, and that it can reduce stress and anxiety, this article proposes that mindfulness should be an essential element in law school curriculum.

Part I discusses how distractedness has impacted attention and learning. Part II describes the last decade of research showing the cognitive and physical benefits of mindfulness. Part III discusses the critique of the traditional law school format and advocates that law schools should follow medicine and industry in using mindfulness training to address these issues.