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210.63 sec. 001 - Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Belonging in the Legal Profession (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Emily S Bruce  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 240
From January 11, 2023
To February 22, 2023

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: February 22, 2023
Class Number: 32454
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

We do our work as lawyers in relationship to ourselves and other people. How do we want to show up in those relationships? What boundaries do we need to set in order to care for our own well-being?

In this course we will use techniques from mindfulness practice to cultivate inner steadiness, resilience, and compassion for ourselves and others. Through mindfulness practice, we will explore the impact of barriers to belonging in the legal profession such as systemic racism and marginalization along other identity axes. We will also look at how we might use mindfulness and self-reflection to counter the effects of impostor phenomenon and the inner critic.

Emily Bruce served as Director of Equity & Inclusion in Berkeley Law’s Student Services Office from 2018-2022. Before that she was a Lecturer in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program at UC Berkeley, teaching courses such as “Racial Identity and the Law” and “Equal Rights in a Changing Society.” Before joining Berkeley Law, Emily practiced law in Michigan and was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Legal Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. Emily holds a mindfulness teacher certification from the Mindfulness Training Institute. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: General Courses

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