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

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

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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Kristin Glover

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

A Resource Guide to Mindfulness at the U.Va. Law Library

A Resource Guide to Mindfulness
A Resource Guide to Mindfulness.

Integrating mindfulness practices into law school life can lead to less stress, and ultimately, to better career performance. For students interested in learning about mindfulness, we have a workshop, books, audio materials, and twice-weekly meditation sessions. Our latest web guide by Kristin Glover gathers information about all of these events, programs and resources into one place.

Visit “Mindfulness Resources” under “Services” on our website home page and explore!

– Amy Wharton 

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Amy Wharton has been the Research & Web Services / Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library at the University of Virginia School of Law since 2008.

Virginia Lawyer: Mindfulness in Law Schools and Legal Practice

The June 2015 issue of the Virginia Lawyer features an article by U.Va. law librarian Kristin Glover, “Mindfulness in Law Schools and Legal Practice.” The article discusses the emergence of mindfulness programs at U.Va. and other law schools. Glover spearheads the Law Library’s mindfulness program, which offers mindfulness workshops for law students, a collection of mindfulness-related books and materials, and an ongoing series of twice weekly meditation sessions

– Amy Wharton 

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Amy Wharton has been the Research & Web Services / Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library at the University of Virginia School of Law since 2008.

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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Kristin Glover

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

Spring 2015 Mindfulness Workshop

February 5 through April 2

Register now!

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

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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Kristin Glover

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

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