BEYOND LISTENING: Skills & Understandings Essential to the Practice of Law and Managing Conflict (8232)

Listening may begin with the senses, but deeper listening goes beyond words to include a more alert state of awareness where insight is not confined by what is heard or limited to what is perceived. Listening is a foundational capacity that is often overlooked, underutilized and absolutely imperative to good lawyering & the ability to navigate conflict. This course will explore ways students can use an increased self awareness to listen more fully, cultivate techniques for maximizing attention, build on emotional intelligence and strengthen cognitive faculties. Using readings other than case law, didactic interchange, open class discussion, experiential exercises, and creative writing paired with an oral presentation, students will develop a presence with depth and awareness that is dramatically different from the traditional, narrow, adversarial perspective, and which will enhance advocacy, dispute resolution, and sense of well-being.

Enrollment limited to 24.

Grading: Letter graded

Prerequisite(s): None

Credits: 2

Offered: Spring

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Taught by: Nan Schwappach

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