Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 10, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

Seminars in Ethical Values are designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. The seminars are graded on a pass/fail basis; students earn one credit in the spring semester upon successful completion of the seminar.

This seminar will examine “mindfulness” (or “contemplative”) practices both as a cultural phenomenon and as a set of practical tools to promote professional and personal development for lawyers. Practices commonly described as “mindful” include sitting meditation and movement-based practices such as yoga and tai chi. Proponents of these practices have claimed that they are associated with stress reduction, emotional well-being, improved work performance, and personal growth. There is a growing body of research supporting at least some of these claims. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a mindfulness-based practice during the course of the year, and discussions will be based on that experience as well as on readings drawn from the mass media, psychology, and contemplative studies.

Course Requirements

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Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: The course sessions will occur on Tuesday evenings.  Attendance at all class sessions is required

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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