The Section on Balance in Legal Education seeks to investigate, discover, and inspire those practices that support the well-being of law students, lawyers, and judges. The Section encourages research into the conditions that allow students and practitioners to thrive, both personally and professionally, and informs the membership of the Association of American Law Schools about the results of that research. Among other things, Section activities explore the importance of health, compassion, integrity, and ethics to the effective study and practice of law. The Section promotes continual re-examination of pedagogical practices, program content, and institutional priorities to promote the long-term best interests of law students and the constituencies they will serve.

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Humanizing the Law School Experience Topics

Bias and Inequity in Legal Education
Contemplative Practices
Cross-Cultural Competence
Diversity
Law, Neuroscience, and Psychology
Legal Education Curriculum Reform
Life Balance and Happiness
     Lawyering Skills
     Assessment
     Humanizing Legal Education

Mental Health Issues
     Stress Management
     Substance Abuse
     Depression and Anxiety
Professional Responsibility
     Professional Identity
     Civility and Empathy
     Morality and Ethics
Religion and Spirituality
Teaching Methods
     Learning Theory
     Grading
     Formative Assessment
Well-being

Humanizing the Practice of Law Topics
Alternative Legal Careers
Bias and Inequity in the Legal Profession
Billing Practices
Comprehensive/Integrative Law Movements
Contemplative Practices
Cross-Cultural Competence
Dispute Resolution
Diversity in the Legal Profession
Emotional and Relational Competence
Humanizing the Workplace
Law, Neuroscience, and Psychology
Life Balance and Happiness
Mental Health Issues
     Stress Management
     Substance Abuse
     Depression and Anxiety
Professional Responsibility
     Professional Identity
     Civility
     Morality and Ethics
Public Interest Law
Reforming the Practice of Law
Religion and Spirituality
Therapeutic Jurisprudence