About Emma CaseBeasley

Emma Case Beasley is a graduate of Macalester College and the Boston College School of Law. She served as a law clerk to Joseph R. Goodwin, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. She also previously worked as an in-house attorney for a state legislature and a large research university. Emma lives in San Diego with her husband, who is a naval officer, her two sons, and their dog. In her spare time, she serves on the board of a nonprofit that welcomes new refugee families to San Diego, reads fiction, and loves to cook and bake.

Trigger Warnings: What Are They?

Trigger Warnings: What Are They?This week we welcome guest writer Emma Case Beasley, a tutor with Law School Toolbox, to discuss what trigger warnings are and how you can navigate this issue in law school.

Unless you’ve been ignoring the news for the last few years, you’ve probably heard the phrase “trigger warning” or “content warning.” A trigger warning is defined as “a statement cautioning that content (such as an assigned text, video, or class discussion) may be disturbing or upsetting.” The original intent behind these warnings was to avoid triggering emotional or physical reactions (such as panic attacks) in people who suffer from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), although they are sometimes used more generally to label material that contains difficult or potentially offensive content.

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