End of Semester To-Do List: #1 – Study Break

What do you need to get your end-of-semester reading, outlining, and research papers done? “Quiet,” “books and databases,” “study space,” “research expertise,” “massage chair”…. Massage chair?!    

Yes. Studies say taking breaks (even naps) makes you more productive. Challenge yourself to be more productive the last weeks of the semester and this finals period by taking ten-minute study breaks to[1]:  

  • Flip through Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Essence and other magazines and newspapers in the first floor Klaus Reading Room.
  • Take a walk around the Library’s second floor to check out our annual art show and photos from the 1970 protest on the Rotunda.
  • Get a cup of tea or coffee and chat with friends in MyLab.
  • Browse for a winter break destination in one of the 57 Eyewitness Travel guides in the first floor Klaus Reading Room.
    massage chair
    Karl Lockhart enjoys a quick breather from exam time stress.
  • Try a guided audio meditation (check them out from the short shelves in the Klaus Reading Room). There are meditation cushions and mats in the second floor Collaborative Classroom space.
  • Curl up in a comfy chair in the second floor Collaborative Classroom space.
  • Eat grilled cheese hot off the griddle – stay tuned for date and time of this finals period’s grilled cheese night in the Law Library.
  • Watch an episode of The Office, Scandal, or your favorite TV series and movies from our Reserve Room DVD collection.

And, let the Klaus Reading Room massage chair work out some of your studying muscles’ kinks.

[1] Many of the resources mentioned here are courtesy of the Walter Whitlock Klaus ’36, endowment fund. 

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Kristin Glover

Kristin Glover is a Research Librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library.

Fall Introduction to Mindfulness for Law Students Workshop

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Law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer. The UVA Mindfulness Center’s introduction to mindfulness enhances your law school learning by giving you tools to focus, retain information, communicate effectively, and handle stress.

What is it? Eight, 75-minute weekly sessions of hands-on, expert-guided practice in mindfulness techniques like meditation, mindful eating, mindful listening, and mindful movement, led by the UVA Mindfulness Center. 

When does it meet? Tuesdays, 3:45-5pm, September 13 to November 8 (no meeting during Fall Break). There will be a half-day Saturday retreat.

Where is it? At the Law School.

Who can sign up? The workshop is open to all law students, and free of charge (sponsored by the Law Library). Enrollment is limited. To sign up email Kristin in the Library (klg3n@virginia.edu).   

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Spring Introduction to Mindfulness for Law Students Workshop

Sign Up Now!

Law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer. The UVA Mindfulness Center’s introduction to mindfulness enhances your law school learning by giving you tools to focus, retain information, communicate effectively, and handle stress.

What is it?

Eight, 75-minute weekly sessions of hands-on, expert-guided practice in mindfulness techniques like meditation, mindful eating, mindful listening, and mindful movement, led by the UVA Mindfulness Center. 

When does it meet?

Tuesdays, 3:45-5pm, February 9 to April 5 (no meeting during Spring Break). There will be a half-day retreat on March 19.

Where is it?

At the Law School.

Who can sign up?

The workshop is open to all law students, and is free of charge (sponsored by the Law Library). Enrollment is limited. To sign up email Kristin in the Library (klg3n@virginia.edu). In order to get the most out of the workshop, commit to attending all eight sessions and the half-day retreat.   

If you’re curious about mindful meditation, drop in anytime at the Wednesday noon 15-minute meditation study breaks, every Wednesday in the Library’s 2nd floor Klaus Collaborative Classroom. Also check out books and audio about mindfulness, available in the Library’s Reserve Room.

– Kristin Glover 

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Mindfulness Meditations Break on Mondays and Wednesdays

You’re welcome to 15-minute meditation breaks, every Monday at 3pm and Wednesday at noon in the Library’s Klaus Room (2nd floor). No prior meditation experience or registration required – just come on in, sit in a comfy easy chair, & relax as we follow along with a short guided meditation.

– Kristin Glover 

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Spring 2015 Mindfulness Workshop

February 5 through April 2

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  • What is mindfulness, & how is it helpful in law school/practice? Law students and attorneys across the country are using mindfulness techniques to improve their focus, manage stress, and communicate better with colleagues and clients. You can apply mindfulness to just about anything you do: mindful listening, mindful exercise, mindful eating, mindful test-taking.
  • What is the workshop? The U.Va. Mindfulness Center has been teaching mindfulness for over a decade. They have developed a workshop for U.Va. Law, sponsored by the Law Library. In each of the 8 workshop sessions we will learn and practice a new mindfulness technique, including: breathing meditation; mindfulness of emotions; and mindful movement.
  • But I know nothing about meditation….You do not need any prior experience to participate in the workshop.
  • How do I sign up? The workshop will meet each Thursday, 3:45 to 5pm, February 5 to April 2 (except for Spring Break). Email Kristin Glover in the Library to sign up. To get the most out of the workshop, commit to attending each session. The workshop is free to participants.  

– Kristin Glover 

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Breathing Through the Final Week of Exams

Breathe through the homestretch of finals period during our last two 15-minute guided meditation breaks of the semester — Monday, December 15 at 12:30pm and Wednesday, December 17 at 3:30pm in the Law Library’s Klaus Room.

Anytime during finals period you’re welcome to take your own meditation break in the Klaus Room, where you’ll find meditation cushions, audio CDs, magazines, and books about mindfulness and meditation.

– Kristin Glover 

 

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Take a Deep Dive into Lawmaking with FiscalNote

Want to keep up with what’s happening in Congress and in state legislatures? Check out one of the Law Library’s newest database offerings – FiscalNote. FiscalNote’s team of software and public policy entrepreneurs (including a U.Va. Law alum) have developed software and a fun, user-friendly interface that puts at people’s fingertips volumes of information that would take lots of capitol insiders tons of time to compile. FiscalNote gives you not only loads of information, but also crunches that information to predict whether bills will pass. And it delivers straight to your email inbox, via alerts you customize to your interests. Part of the start-up’s mission is to “foster a transparent political and legal system,” and they’ve been attracting press (see #5 of 11) and venture capital interest. See what the buzz is about by signing up for a password.

– Kristin Glover 

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Kristin Glover is a Research Librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library.

Tools for Happy Lawyering through Mindfulness

Got a lot on your mind? We’re offering free tools for staying focused and being a happy law student (and lawyer)!

Mindful lawyering is catching on in law schools and law practices across the country. Students and attorneys report that practices like meditation and mindful listening are powerful tools that help them focus, manage stressful situations, and communicate more effectively with colleagues and clients. The University of Virginia’s Mindfulness Center, which has been teaching mindfulness tools for over a decade, has developed an introduction to mindfulness workshop especially for U.Va. law students. The workshop is sponsored by the Law Library and is free to law students! No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is needed – the workshop is an introduction designed for all levels of experience. The workshop will meet each Thursday, 5:15 – 6:30pm, September 4 to October 23. To get the most out of the workshop, students need to commit to attending each session. Sign up by emailing Kristin Glover (klg3n@virginia) in the Library by August 29

In addition to the workshop, we’ll be hosting weekly 15-minute meditation study breaks in the Law Library’s Klaus Room (2nd Floor), every Tuesday at 3:45, starting August 19. Anyone who would like to drop in is welcome at any of these study breaks. No prior meditation experience is needed. 

Want to explore mindfulness and mindful lawyering on your own time? Check out the books, audio CDs, and magazines in the Law Library’s Mindfulness and Happy Lawyering collection. It’s in the 2nd floor Klaus Room.

 – Kristin Glover  

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Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer? Cool Down in Meditation Study Breaks!

Want a quick afternoon break from bar studying and summer research projects? Curious about how meditation can help you better focus, manage stress, communicate, and be happier? Stop by a Mindful Minute Study Break in the Law Library this summer, 3:30 every Wednesday

The study breaks will be 15 minute to half-hour guided meditations. You don’t need any prior meditation experience – the guided meditations will tell you exactly what to do (basically, sit, breathe, & relax!). We’ll use guided meditations from the University of Virginia’s Mindfulness Center, & other sources. 

No need to sign-up ahead of time– just come on by the Law Library’s Fox Room (1st floor, across from the Circulation Desk). Each week’s meditation will have a different theme – here’s a schedule: 

Wednesdays, 3:30pm

Law Library, Fox Room
(1st floor, across from Circulation Desk)

  • May 28, Take a Deep Breath: Simple meditation on breathing to help you relax

  • June 4, Keep breathing: More meditation on breath & the five senses

  • June 11, Focus Your Energy: Meditation to help with concentration

  • June 18, Show Yourself Some Love! Meditation to help you be kind to yourself under stress

  • June 25, Moving Meditation: Stretching & walking meditation

  • July 2, Fireworks! Meditation to help you handle stressful feelings

  • July 9, Show Yourself, & Others, More Love! Kindness meditation

  • July 16, Sit Back & Relax: Meditation with stress-reducing nature sounds

– Kristin Glover 

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Mindfulness Study Break Opportunities Begin This Week

Studies show meditation helps you relax and focus your attention. The Law Library is hosting a series of meditation study breaks this week and during finals period. The U.Va. Mindfulness Center is guiding the first study break meditation this Wednesday (April 23), at 3:45 in the Law Library’s Klaus Room (second floor). No sign-up necessary, just come on by.

The finals period meditation study breaks will be in the Library’s first floor Oasis Room (the McBeal group study room near the Caplin Reading Room). The Oasis Room will be available throughout finals period (starting this Friday) as a space for you to retreat away from your books, outlining, and papers.  It will have meditation cushions, yoga mats, and guided meditation CDs to help you take some deep breaths, relax, and re-focus.

All are welcome to the meditation study breaks, no sign-up necessary, just come on by. Here’s a schedule:

  • Mindful minute study-break: Focus your study energy. Studies show meditation improves memory and focuses attention. Start your finals period with a 10-minute guided meditation in the Oasis Room on the Library’s first floor. Fri., April 25, 3:30pm. 
  • Mindful minute study-break: Beach, rainforest, open fields . . . anywhere but here! Want to get away from the outlining, the practice exams, the research paper footnotes? Travel around the world in a 10-minute meditation on restful nature sounds. Library, first floor Oasis Room, Mon., April 28, 3:30pm. 
  • Mindful minute study-break: Exercise your right to relaxCongratulations First-Years – you’ve checked constitutional law off your list for the semester. Rejuvenate in the Library’s first floor Oasis Room with a 10-minute guided relaxation meditation. Wed., April 30, 11am.   
  • Mindful minute study-break: Stop and smell the flowers. Spies Garden is in full bloom, the perfect place to spend 15 minutes to reconnect with the smells, colors, sounds, and warm feel of Spring. Meet in the Oasis Room on the Library’s first floor and we’ll head to the courtyard for a short walking meditation. Fri., May 2, 3:30pm. 
  • Mindful minute study-break: Tea and Sympathy.  If this homestretch of finals period is feeling like Mile 22 of a marathon, show yourself some compassion and come commiserate with others in the Oasis Room. We’ll listen to a 10-minute guided meditation on being kind to yourself. Free iced tea & cookies, too! Tues., May 6, 3:30pm.  

– Kristin Glover 

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Kristin Glover is a Research Librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library.