The School of Law: Teaching Empathy

Teaching empathy may not seem possible in classroom settings.


However, a growing number of law professors recognize the importance of teaching to the whole person and encouraging students to develop an integrated professional self capable of drawing upon both intellectual and emotional insights to support empathetic understanding. Among those is Patti Alleva, the Rodney and Betty Webb Professor of Law, former Faculty Development Fellow for Teaching and Learning at the School of Law, and a two-time recipient of UND’s Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence.


But how to teach empathy? “Via literature-plus,”