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.
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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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|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|
|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:||09 Sep 2009 08:21|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:04|
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