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Surviving Law School Through Mindfulness

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing.  Not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.


Woman Yoga Pose Suit and Workout Clothes

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment

Mindfulness can be developed through the practice of meditation. 

Mindfulness is available to us every moment, whether through mediation, body scans, or mindful moment practices. Take time to pause and breathe throughout the day and focus on an action before and as you do 

Mindfulness allows you to take charge of your well being. 

Make Time To Understand Mindfulness

Why Mindfulness is Important

  • It is a truth universally acknowledged that Law School and the Practice of Law can be stressful 
  • Lawyers, and other professionals who work in high stress, often toxic and demanding, roles which involve high personal, physical and emotional health, and financial stakes should want to learn how they can 'take care of themselves'.  Although often ignored or denied as part of the professional’s daily walk and work, self-care and compassion for self constitute important, overlooked aspects of professionalism."
Suggested Introductory Reading 

Books on Mindfulness

Avoiding burn out is also don't forget to take a break, stretch and relax.  The library leaves out puzzles and cards for you to use during your breaks.  Also, keep an eye out for an email from the Library about Study Break complete with snacks and hot chocolate! 

Below are a selection of some books on mindfulness; an essential skill to manage the stress of exams (and later law practice).  

There's An App for (Mindfulness) That

  • Insight Timer
    Time your meditation, starting and ending to the sound of Tibetan bell gongs.
  • Mindfulness & Health
    Audio mindfulness sessions by Silicon Valley psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer Renre Burgard
  • Buddhify
    Custom meditations for various situations.
  • Calm
    100+ guided meditations covering anxiety, focus, stress, sleep, relationships and more

Mindfulness Places

St. Thomas Moore Chapel                                               Schiff Courtyard 

 

Rodino Law Library 3rd Floor Soft Seating                   Alcove near 4th Floor Elevators 

 

 

and wherever inspiration (relaxation) strikes you . . .

Study Spot Window

Further Mindfulness Practice

Take a Break

The Library offers a Study Break during reading period/finals.  Take advantage of it.  Stop by and have some tea, work on a puzzle, use a coloring book, and focus on the moment.

Counseling Services

Need to talk?

  • The Law School offers free counseling services.  Contact CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) to make an appointment: 973-761-9500 (to schedule an appointment). All counselors available to law students free of charge: 
    • Tara M. Smith , Ph.D. (on site in Newark every Thursday): tara.smithmendrzycki@shu.edu

    • Denise Golonka, MA, LPC, LCADC (on site in Newark one Wed/mo – inquire for dates): DeniseG@njlap.org; (732) 937-7541

  • Contact University Health Services: (973) 761-9175

  • Law School Chaplin’s Office: (973) 642-8859 

  • Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 24/7