Transition to law school and law student well-being : The importance of professional legal identity

Field, Rachael M., Duffy, James, & Huggins, Anna (2013) Transition to law school and law student well-being : The importance of professional legal identity. In The International First Year in Higher Education Conference 2013, 7-10 July 2013, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.

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The empirically established decline in law student well-being during the first year of law school is a red-flagged imprimatur for first year curriculum change. This article suggests that by engaging law students with the concept of a positive professional identity, student engagement and intrinsic motivation will increase because they are working towards a career goal that has meaning and purpose. Law school is a time of professional transformation and the legal academy can take steps to ensure that this transformation is inculcated with positive messages. Literature from the fields of law and psychology is analysed in this article, to explain how a positive conception of the legal profession (and a student’s future role within it) can increase a student’s psychological well-being – at law school and beyond.

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ID Code: 61729
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: legal education, psychological well-being, professional identity, engagement, intrinsic motivation
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 2013 The Authors
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2013 22:06
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 02:10

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