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287.11 sec. 001 - Negotiating Trauma, Emotions & the Practice of Law (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Mallika Kaur  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 141
From January 11, 2024
To April 18, 2024

Course Start: January 11, 2024
Course End: April 18, 2024
Class Number: 32778

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 04/23 01:56 AM

Discussing “trauma-informed” practice is relatively new for the legal profession even though the struggles of engaging trauma are as old as the profession. This course will explore how lawyers may better engage emotions, including traumatic responses, with a focus on strengthening lawyering to the benefit of the client, case, colleagues, staff, and self.

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. While the course aims to assist future lawyers (in any practice area), it will engage your current experiences as law students and seeks to aid in your visioning, preparation and reflexivity as future attorneys. The practical requirements are aimed at providing real-life opportunities to practice deftly negotiating emotions & trauma, a regular requirement in diverse legal practice areas.

The goals of this course are for students to:
• Increase understanding of correlation between emotional responses & effective representation
• Understand how process, e.g. client interviews, can inform the substance of cases in ethical legal practice
• Enhance skills of interviewing & presenting on traditionally uncomfortable topics
• Develop capacity to work with trauma-exposure responses, without compassion fatigue
• Increase self-awareness, recognize biases, appreciate diversity with cultural humility

Through simulations and speakers, students will have occasion to consider vicarious/secondary trauma where it affects representation and thus engage with issues surrounding professional responsibility. Through theory and hands-on exercises, this course will provide the foundation for more reflexive and trauma-informed lawyering: sustainable and intentional legal practice that engages trauma without adopting it.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class may count towards either the J.D. Experiential Requirement or the J.D. Race and Law Requirement but not both.

This class may count towards only one academic requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Wellness and Lawyering
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law

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