Designing a Positive Psychology Course for Lawyers

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Legal education is slowly beginning to change to include not only education in critical thinking and legal knowledge, but also education in complementary qualities of personal conduct and early professional formation. With its emphasis on evidenced based inquiry, the discipline of positive psychology can aid these additional educational objectives. This paper examines some of the ongoing pedagogical choices involved in creating a law school course in positive psychology oriented around experiential learning about a few key insights of the field, including resilience, character strengths, positive values and enhanced relationships with other people. While only an introduction, the course is designed to help the law students be well-enough grounded to continue their education after law school. Because the course is experimental, the hope is that it will lay the foundation for initiatives by other law professors to make such insights more broadly available to law students in general.


education, legal education, lawyer, law school, positive psychology


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Date Posted: 07 October 2016