53 Duq. L. Rev. 215 (2015)
The Cure for the Distracted Mind: Why Law Schools Should Teach Mindfulness

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Why Law Schools Should Teach Mindfulness
Shailini Jandial George*
IN TR O D U CTIO N   ........................................................................ 2 16
I.      DISTRACTION NEGATIVELY IMPACTS ATTENTION
AND  L EARNIN  G  ............................................................. 217
II.     MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CAN IMPROVE
ATTENTION AND LEARNING .......................................... 220
A.      Mindfulness Training Improves Attention ...... 222
B.      Mindfulness      Training      Can     Improve
W orking  M em ory  .............................................. 226
C.      Mindfulness      Training      Can     Improve
Academ   ic Achievem  ent ..................................... 228
D.      Mindfulness Training Can Improve Other
Sources of Stress, Which Interfere with
Focus  and  Learning   ......................................... 230
1.      Mindfulness     Can   Reduce     Stress,
Anxiety, and Negative Emotions .......... 230
2.      Mindfulness         Can        Enhance
C rea tivity  .............................................. 234
3.      Mindfulness         Can       Enhance
Empathy,         Compassion         and
Counseling   Skills .................................. 234
III.    LAW SCHOOLS SHOULD TEACH MINDFULNESS ............ 236
A.      Mindfulness Training Is Widely         Used In
Medicine, Industry, and Other Educational
S etting s  ............................................................. 2 3 7
B.      Mindfulness Training is Essential to the
Law School Curriculum ................................... 239
C O N CLU SIO N   ............................................................................ 244
* Professor of Legal Writing, Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.
I would like to thank Suffolk University for encouraging and supporting my work. I am
thankful to have had the help of law librarian, Diane D'Angelo, and my extremely capable
research assistant, Christina P. Mott. I am also grateful to my colleague, Gabriel Ten-
ninbaum, for his input on the content of this article.

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