Helpful Resources
Authentic Happiness
This site features the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. Dr. Seligman founded Positive Psychology, a new branch of psychology that focuses on the empirical study of positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. The site offers many self-evaluation instruments that can be done online for immediate feedback.

Booklets for Law Students – Health, Satisfaction, and Constructive Career Choices
Larry Krieger produces two booklets, The Hidden Sources of Law School Stress, and A Deeper Understanding of Your Career Choices, that have been used at scores of law schools. More information may be found here. Click here for ordering information.

Cutting Edge Law
Kim Wright’s website poses the question, “What if lawyers were peacemakers, problem solvers and healers of conflict?” and describes itself as a multi-media history of the various aspects of the comprehensive law movement. The website features an expanding array of video interviews of pioneers and leaders in the movement to infuse balance into legal education.

Humanizing Legal Education Conference
This 2007 conference featured more than 25 sessions on the effects of legal education on students’ well-being and ideas for improving legal education and the student experience. The site includes links to the full text of articles published in the Washburn Law Journal after the conference.

Stephanie West Allen’s expansive site includes mindfulness resources for lawyers.

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
The website for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society gathers information and resources to support the integration of contemplative practices into higher education. The Center regularly holds events for members of the academic community and legal professionals, and information on those events is available on the Web site. The website also contains useful information for those seeking to introduce contemplative practices into their teaching or their own professional lives.

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
The ILTL, co-directed by Michael Hunter Schwartz and Gerry Hess, contains many print and electronic resources on teaching and learning in law school. The site includes full text of books and articles dealing with legal education, for example, Daisy Hurst floyd’s article, “Reclaiming Purpose, Our Students’ and Our Own.” The ILTL site also includes videos, with program notes, designed for use in faculty colloquia on improving teaching methods and the law school culture. The videos incorporate interviews of many law students and provide insights into student experiences, principles of effective teaching, and issues of diversity.

International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Therapeutic Jurisprudence, a field founded by David Wexler and Bruce Winick, concentrates on the law's impact on emotional life and psychological well-being. It is a perspective that regards the law (rules of law, legal procedures, and roles of legal actors) itself as a social force that often produces therapeutic or anti-therapeutic consequences. This website serves as an international clearinghouse and resource center regarding developments in the field.

Law Professor Blogs Network
Founded by Paul L. Caron and Joe Hodnicki, this site hosts many topical blogs created by and for law professors. Some of these regularly post news items and other thoughts directly relevant to humanizing the law school experience. For example, the Legal Writing Professors blog frequently mentions innovative teaching techniques and addresses other matters directly relevant to student well-being.

Law School 2.0
David Thomson’s blog discusses change in legal education and the role
technology can play in facilitating that change.

Legal Education, ADR, and Practical Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Project
This website, a project of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Law Schools Committee, gathers resources available to faculty who wish to incorporate practical problem-solving into their courses. It includes, among other things, descriptions of teaching techniques, teaching materials, contact information for consultants who can help on specific courses, and advice on engaging colleagues in and overcoming barriers to incorporating problem-solving instruction in law school curricula.

Staying Healthy Video
David Jaffe at American University Washington College of Law has produced a video on law students and substance abuse. The aim of the video is to convey the message that students need to get out in front of their problems while still in school. The video is now available online through American University’s website. The above link should take you directly to the video; you can also follow the link to “Staying Healthy Video” on

Teaching and Learning Law–Resources for Legal Education
Barb Glesner Fines maintains a website with numerous resources for law teachers and law students. This site includes many links to resources on law teaching and learning as well as access to articles on the effects of law school on students.

Thriving in Law School
Susannah Pollvogt’s blog provides links and commentary on issues related to academic achievement and the movement to humanize legal education. It also provides a forum for students to ask questions (and hopefully receive helpful answers) about those issues.