The study and practice of the law are, without a doubt, emotionally challenging. In addition to providing students with the mental skills necessary for practice, Georgetown Law offers a non-credit course that teaches and prepares students for the stressful lifestyle that often accompanies the legal profession. Adapted from a course for graduating students at Georgetown Medical Center, Lawyers in Balance teaches important skills that are not typically addressed in the classroom but are highly useful in your coursework, the profession, and leading a balanced life as a student and lawyer.
In small groups led by experienced Law Center administrator-facilitators, students in LIB will learn a range of stress reducing "mind-body" techniques, such as meditation, journaling, reflective discussion, guided imagery. There are two versions of the course -- 1-hour sessions and 2-hour sessions. The 1-hour sessions are smaller groups of students (up to 8 students) with first-year students only. The 1-hour sessions will offer a new technique each week with a short amount of time to practice the technique in class. The 2-hour sessions are slightly larger (up to 12 students) and offer students the opportunity to get to know students from all three JD classes and LLMs. The 2-hour sessions allow more in-depth knowledge of each technique and ample time to practice each technique in class.
Fall 2016 Application and Schedule
LIB seminars meet once a week for seven weeks. Fall 2016 seminars will begin the week of September 26. Weekly seminars will be offered:
- Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:00pm (1Ls, one hour)
- Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm (all JDs/LLMs, two hour)
- Wednesdays 6:00pm-8:00pm (all JDs/LLMs, two hour)
- Thursdays 12:15pm-1:15pm (1Ls, one hour)
- Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm (all JDs/LLMs, two hour)
- Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (all JDs/LLMs, two hour)
To apply, submit the Application Form by Friday, September 9, 2016. In the application, you will be asked to include a paragraph explaining your interest in the LIB seminar, and you will rank your choice(s) of seminar times.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please send an e-mail to LawStudentLife@georgetown.edu.