Learning to reflect in the first year of legal education : the key to surviving legal education and legal practice

McNamara, Judith, Field, Rachael, & Brown, Catherine (2009) Learning to reflect in the first year of legal education : the key to surviving legal education and legal practice. In Proceeding of the First Year in Higher Education Conference, 29 June - 1 July 2009, Townsville, Queensland.

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Lawyers and law students suffer significant rates of depression and substance abuse. This paper suggests that Law Schools have an obligation to assist students to develop the emotional intelligence necessary in order to cope with the stressful nature of legal practice. We draw on Schön’s discussion of the indeterminate zone of professional practice to suggest that reflective practice is the means by which students can become sufficiently emotionally intelligent to become balanced and happy lawyers. We suggest that incorporating reflective practice in intentional curriculum design in the first year of law is an effective first step in assisting students to develop the emotional intelligence necessary to survive the study and practice of law.

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ID Code: 27280
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this proceeding can be freely accessed via the conference's website (see official URL)
Keywords: Legal education, First year experience, reflective practice, HERN, LJHERN
ISBN: 9781741072822
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Judith McNamara, Rachael Field, Catherine Brown
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2009 22:21
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2013 22:53

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