Law 427 - Thrive in Practice: Fundamentals for a Sustainable Career and a Happy Life

Judith Gordon

Judith Gordon

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Wayne State University, 1976
J.D. Wayne State University, 1981
Course Description:

Practicing law requires mental, physical and emotional stamina. This course equips students with tools and strategies for meeting the pressures of working in high-intensity, high-demand environments, so that they're able to build a long-term sustainable career and thrive in the practice of law. 
 
Tools and strategies include core values, the relevance of motivation, emotional and social intelligence core competencies, resilience-building strategies, stress management tools and strategies, meditation, the science of productivity and performance, and application of course concepts to student life, so that they incorporate and utilize these practices immediately.
 
Development of these skills is supported by assigned readings, discussion, and engagement with the skills, including meditation. Course materials include research studies, relevant texts and popular media. Students practice using the tools presented in class and respond to weekly prompts documenting their experiences.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will gain a minimum threshold competency for recognizing and understanding their own motivations and inner experiences working in a professional setting, develop resilience/stress management skills, and better understand and assess the experience of others when engaging with clients and colleagues.