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Humanizing Law School

Humanizing legal education is an initiative shared by legal educators seeking to maximize the overall health, well being and career satisfaction of law students and lawyers. We find cause for concern in our observations of law students and in the research on, and reports of, problems in the legal profession — including dissatisfaction, depression, excessive work, substance abuse and eroding professionalism. We are interested in the ways legal education is conducted, the impact those choices may have on the attitudes, values, health and well being of law students, and the possible relationship between each of those matters and the problems experienced by our graduates in the profession. Through scholarship, Web-based discussion, empirical research and conferences, we hope to inform the development of innovative teaching methods when appropriate.

This Web site includes two primary sections:
Resources for Law Students (and lawyers)

Resources for Law Teachers or Administrators.
This division is not absolute, of course, and you may find helpful information in either area. There are also links below that lead to a list serve discussion group for law teachers and administrators; frequently asked questions; and articles and books that summarize research about the problems and offer advice for promoting balance, well being and future life satisfaction. Take some time to look around the Web site, and please contact Clinical Professor Larry Krieger if you have any questions or suggestions.

Humanizing Legal Education Symposium
A major conference on "Humanizing Legal Education" sponsored by Washburn School of Law was October 19-20, 2007.

For a journalist's overview of some of our activities, you may wish to read a recent article in the ABA's Student Lawyer magazine.

Review new booklets to assist students reduce law school stress, improve learning and make their best career choices.

List Serve Discussion Group
Frequently Asked Questions
Suggested Reading