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287.11 sec. 001 - Negotiating Trauma, Emotions & the Practice of Law (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Mallika Kaur  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 111
    From January 14, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 32004
Class Number: 32004

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course will explore how lawyers may better engage emotions, including traumatic responses, to the benefit of their clients and themselves. Emotions- every day and extreme; controllable and unconscious - affect case preparation, lend to client management issues, and make certain practice areas seemingly more challenging than satisfying for new attorneys. The practical requirements of the course will provide students a real-life opportunity to practice deftly negotiating emotions & trauma, a regular requirement in diverse legal practice areas.

Discussing trauma-informed practice is relatively new for the legal profession - and especially new for law schools - even though the struggles of engaging trauma are as old as the profession. Through this new course, students will have an opportunity to develop a personal approach to navigating trauma with practical utility for engaging their peers and profession.

The goals of this course include building understanding of how process, e.g. client interviews, can inform the substance of cases in ethical legal practice; enhance skills of interviewing and presenting on non-traditional/traditionally uncomfortable topic; developing capacity to work with trauma-exposure responses, without compassion fatigue; and increasing self-awareness, recognizing biases, appreciating diversity with cultural humility.

While this is not a course on self-care for lawyers, through guest speakers & simulations, we will have occasion to consider vicarious/secondary trauma where it effects representation and professional responsibility. Through theory and hands-on exercises, this course will provide the foundation for more reflexive, sustainable and intentional legal practice that engages trauma without adopting it.

Students will be assessed on a series of shorter assignments during the course of the semester: including responding to Discussion Threads on bCourses; Presenting on a Chosen Topic; and Interviewing a Practitioner related to Trauma & Lawyering.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
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