Description of Organization
Southwestern Law School program was designed to provide an environment that fosters academic excellence and personal success. An important aspect of that mission is the school’s concern for the physical and mental well-being of the students during the extreme stress of the law school experience. Mindfulness resources that are available to the students; include: The Southwestern “Mindfulness, Stress Management, and Peak Performance 1L Program which provides students with options: tools, techniques and emerging practices for coping with the stressors and emotional difficulties that inevitably arise in law school. The program assists students in developing a mastery of the law during their law school experience, by helping to eliminate stress barriers, and also to develop a mastery of themselves (self-management) by introducing techniques that can last a lifetime. As a result, students experience greater joy and happiness, and less anxiety and stress, and are likely to gain peak performance potential for their classes and eventually on the bar exam. Further, students can carry these stress management techniques into their legal careers and beyond. Southwestern’s Peak Performance is designed to help incoming students achieve law school success by increasing mental focus, decreasing stress, overcoming performance obstacles, and promoting greater cognitive performance and overall happiness. Students who participate in the Peak Performance Program learn tangible tools, techniques, and skills that will allow them to optimize their law school performance by enhancing seven elements of peak performance: Attention, Beliefs, Emotions, Body, Energy, Purpose and Communication.
In 2017, a grant in the amount of $2,500 was awarded to assist in the implementation of the Peak Performance program.