Contemplative Corporate Practice
This course focuses on the development of sound corporate practice skills, which includes both “traditional practice” skills such as writing, analysis, and time management, as well as “self-management” skills such as sound judgment, working with integrity, and finding a work-lifestyle balance. While most law school course offerings focus on the former set of skills, the latter set of skills serve as a necessary complement to a successful career as a lawyer and law student. This course seeks to marry both traditional practice skills and self-management skills by using the practice of yoga as a vehicle for developing core practice competencies. The impetus for this course is informed by both Professor Belinfanti’s years in corporate practice, and years of conversations with students and alumnae. In short, learning to create space for mindfulness, openness, and stillness is a welcomed supplement to law practice.
In terms of pedagogy, the course will rely on many of the experiential exercises that use yoga as a somatic means for integrating experiential knowledge. More specifically, in terms of traditional practice skills students will focus on: 1) deal life-cycle (how to manage and anticipate; 2) the art of due diligence; 3) drafting with clarity; 4) preparing for internal and external meetings; 5) negotiation; 6) the role of the junior associate; and 7) closing. These traditional practice skills will be integrated with work that focuses on seven self-management skills – 1) awareness; 2) openness; 3) integrity; 4) challenge; 5) balance and equilibrium; 6) resilience; and 7) reflection.
This course prepares students on developing competency and confidence in those traditional practice skills and self-management skills that are often required in corporate practice.
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement and satisfies the Writing Requirement.
Please Note: Per ABA rules, this course may only be used for one graduation requirement. Students must communicate with the Registrar by the end of the spring term to count the course for either Writing Requirement or Experiential Learning Requirement.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Corporate Transactions and Governance; Financial Services and Compliance; Health Care Management and Compliance; International Business; Labor and Employment (Corporate Perspective); Real Estate and Land Use; Tax; General Practice - Transactional