We Are Building American Buddhism

Southwestern Law School

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Telephone: (213) 738-5786
Website: www.swlaw.edu/studentservices/peakperformance

Description of Organization

Southwestern Law School program is designed to provide an environment that fosters academic excellence and personal success. An important aspect of that mission is the school’s concern for the physical and mental well-being of the students during the extreme stress of the law school experience. Mindfulness resources that are available to the students; include: The Southwestern “Mindfulness, Stress Management, and Peak Performance 1L Program which provides students with options: tools, techniques and emerging practices for coping with the stressors and emotional difficulties that inevitably arise in law school. The program assists students in developing a mastery of the law during their law school experience, by helping to eliminate stress barriers, and also to develop a mastery of themselves (self-management) by introducing techniques that can last a lifetime. As a result, students will experience greater joy and happiness, and less anxiety and stress, and are likely to gain peak performance potential for their classes and eventually on the bar exam. Further, students can carry these stress management techniques into their legal careers and beyond. Southwestern’s Peak Performance is designed to help incoming students achieve law school success by increasing mental focus, decreasing stress, overcoming performance obstacles, and promoting greater cognitive performance and overall happiness. Students who participate in the Peak Performance Program learn tangible tools, techniques, and skills that will allow them to optimize their law school performance by enhancing seven elements of peak performance: Attention, Beliefs, Emotions, Body, Energy, Purpose and Communication.

Grants(s) Awarded

In early, 2017 the Foundation made a grant in the amount of $2,500 to assist in the implementation of this program. At the same time, the Foundation made the first installment of a grant in the amount of $12,500 to assist The Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS) and the Mindfulness Affinity Group (MAG) of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Balance in Legal Education. The MAG was established in January 2014, with Prof. Richard C. Reuben of the University of Missouri School of Law serving as organizer and founding chair. The MAG now has nearly 100 members at nearly as many law schools in the United States, and is the only organization dedicated to the advancement of mindfulness practices in the legal academy. The grant request also covers funding to co-sponsor a conference on mindfulness in law schools that would be a “conference within a conference” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) 2017 Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.