Much of law school involves looking ahead: I am in a professional school and want to make connections and do the right things academically to get my dream job. Unfortunately, it also involves looking behind: did you spot that issue in the Torts final?
Visualizing our ultimate success can help make it so! But some of the best advice you’ll get in law school is to quietly leave it in the past after you turn in an exam. Post-exam parties with friends can be fun, not stressful re-enactments. Be here now.
You will be able to save so much time and regain valuable focus by practicing mindfulness, taking a moment to be aware of your breath, your feelings, your thoughts as they pertain to this moment in time. Living in the moment can prevent you from dwelling on distractions and refocus your attention, and it just might help you let go of harmful stress.
The Ross-Blakley Law Library has resources to help you build mindfulness into your law experience. ASU Law’s own Professor Chad Noreuil offers practical tips on studying, taking exams, developing healthy thoughts, and building relationships with peers, professors, and professionals in The Zen of Law School Success, available in our study skills section on the third floor. Professor Noreuil also can help 3Ls beginning to think about the bar exam get past negative thoughts and emotions and focus on practical skills to sharpen their legal analysis in The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam. Mindfulness for Law Students can help you train your brain for academic success, let go of pain and worry, and improve your physical health. Professors can also learn to incorporate mindfulness into your classroom, or even teach a course on the growing trend of mindfulness in the law.
The newly founded Zen Law Students Association (ZLSA) offers an encouraging, accepting, and kind space to breathe, rest, and unleash your creativity. You are invited to join them on September 24th for Zen Tuesday with Professor Noreuil to boost your serenity and productivity. Be here now.
The ASU Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience Center offers more information, resources and events to guide you along the path to mindfulness.
For more stress relieving advice on research and study skills, please click on Meet with a Librarian on the Law Library home page. Librarians Beth, Tara, Sean, and Andrea have been through law school and are delighted to help. Any 1Ls who make an appointment to Meet with a Librarian will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win their own autographed copy of Professor Noreuil’s The Zen of Law School Success!
Andrea Gass, Law Library Fellow