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Spring 2023

5397 Well-Being in the Law - HOFFMANL- 23882

Professor(s): Lonny Hoffman (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  MW  Location: 211 

Course Outline: This course rigorously explores the challenges to well-being and happiness facing law students and legal professionals and then examines possible paths to overcoming those challenges. We will consider a number of questions and hard issues that bear directly on the lives of students now and after they enter the legal profession. For more, see the syllabus

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


This three-credit course is limited to nineteen students. Students are evaluated in three ways:

Class Participation: Worth 20% of the final grade.

Short Reflective Papers: As part of this course, you will write several short reflective papers (usually no more than 2-4 pages, double-spaced). These assignments are noted in the syllabus. Your short papers are due within a week of being assigned. I will separately provide more detailed guidance as to the expected content of the papers and how I will evaluate them. The short papers are worth, collectively, 30% of the final grade.

Longer Paper: Finally, you will write one longer paper. There are two potential topics, broadly outlined in the syllabus (see Class 8). This paper should be 10 pages, double-spaced. It will be due in late April [exact date TBD]. As with the short reflective papers, I will separately provide more detailed guidance as to the expected content of this long paper and how I will evaluate it. The long paper is worth 50% of the final grade.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Paper      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available