Founded in 2017, the Columbia Law School Mindfulness Program is a community of faculty, staff, and students committed to the practice of mindful awareness and the examination of how it informs our understanding of law and lawyering.
Mindfulness means paying attention to whatever is happening right now without judgment and with kindness. Mindfulness meditation involves practicing this way of being present in the current moment. With various techniques, mindfulness invites us to be fully present and fully aware of what is happening inside and outside of us. For those in the legal profession, mindfulness meditation can be useful to manage stress as well as to see clearly the people and problems we face each day. Mindfulness can help us to work with, rather than against, our emotions and to engage in our lives and work with purpose. Mindfulness can help the Columbia Law School community deal with the demands and pressures that emerge in high stress environments, such as law school and the legal field.