Law student psychological distress, ADR and sweet-minded, sweet-eyed hope

Field, Rachael M. & Duffy, James (2012) Law student psychological distress, ADR and sweet-minded, sweet-eyed hope. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 23(3), pp. 195-203.

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Empirical studies conducted by both Australian and American researchers have established law school’s causative role in increasing law student psychological distress. The purpose of this article is to highlight the role that law school curriculum might play in addressing this problem. By utilising lessons from the field of positive psychology (and in particular hope theory) a first-year law subject at the Queensland University of Technology has been specifically designed to promote law student well-being. Traditional legal education and pedagogy do not hold the answers for addressing this social phenomenon. A first-year curriculum that introduces students to alternative dispute resolution, non-adversarial justice, resilience and the positive role of lawyers in society may go some way to addressing the law student well-being challenge.

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ID Code: 52862
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Law student well-being, psychological distress, depression, anxiety, resilience, curriculum, hope, optimism, positive professional identity
ISSN: 1441-7847
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Thomson Reuters
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2012 22:19
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2012 06:31

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