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Mindfulness in the Law Library: Resources and Events

Law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer. Mindfulness techniques enhance your law school learning by giving you tools to focus, retain information, communicate effectively, handle stress, and enjoy the present moment.

Upcoming Mindfulness Events

Sign up for the Fall 2017 introduction to mindfulness workshop. It will meet Tuesdays, 3:45-5pm, September 12 through November 7 (not during Fall Break). See more details on this page. Email Kristin in the Library (kglover@law.virginia.edu) with questions and to sign up.

Klaus Room Meditation Space

When classes aren't in session, you're welcome to use the meditation cushions and mats generously provided for the room by the UVA Contemplative Sciences Center. Visit CSC's website for information about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga events at UVA.

Meet up with UVA Law students interested in mindfulness at UVA Law Mindfulness Student Group meetings. Contact Ryan Snow, rrs5sb@virginia.edu, or Cheryl Wang, cxw3vf@virginia.edu, for more information.

Check Out Our Mindfulness Collection in the Library's 1st Floor Klaus Reading Room

Mindfulness in Life, Law School, & Law Practice

What is Mindfulness?

Have you ever arrived at class but cannot remember anything about the walk from your apartment to get there? Or been in a conversation with a friend and suddenly realized you have lost track of what she is talking about? Mindfulness is paying attention to your thoughts, sensations, and feelings in order to engage in the present moment.

What can being mindful do for me?

Mindfulness techniques like meditation, deep listening, mindful eating, and mindful movement can enhance your ability to focus, communicate better with friends and colleagues, and more fully enjoy things.

What does mindfulness have to do with law school and practice?

Attorneys from Washington, D.C. to Washington state gather to meditate, and report that mindfulness enhances their interactions with clients and opposing counsel, and helps them stay calm in stressful situations. Schools including Georgetown Law, Berkeley Law, and Miami Law have mindfulness workshops, classes, and student groups.

Introduction to Mindfulness for Law Students Workshop

The Spring 2017 Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop will meet Tuesdays, 3:45-5pm, beginning in September. Email Kristin in the Library to sign up (klg3n@virginia.edu). See below for details about the workshop:

The University of Virginia Mindfulness Center’s introduction to mindfulness is designed to enhance law school learning by giving you techniques to focus, retain information, communicate effectively, and handle stress. Participants will learn techniques including:

  • * Meditation
  • * Mindful listening
  • * Mindful eating
  • * Mindful movement

Participants will practice these techniques and learn how to integrate them into daily life with expert guidance in eight, 75-minute workshop sessions. You do not need any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation. It is sponsored by the Law Library and free to law students.

Get a Preview: Check out the Mindfulness Center’s guided audio meditations for a preview of the mindfulness techniques covered in the workshop.

Explore Mindfulness at UVA & in Charlottesville

Mindful movement at UVA and in Charlottesville…

  • UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports and the Contemplative Sciences Center partner to offer Mind-Body drop-in classes in yoga and t’ai chi at the U.Va. gyms. Purchase a drop-in class card at any of the gyms, or by phone (924-3791).

Free Resources at UVA and Online…

  • Law Library's mindfulness collection in the Klaus Reading Room next to the Circulation Desk has books, CDs, and magazines about mindfulness and meditation.
  • UVA Mindfulness Center's website has free audio guided mediations.