Law student lifestyle pressures

Steel, Alex & Huggins, Anna (2016) Law student lifestyle pressures. In Field, Rachael M., Duffy, James, & James, Colin (Eds.) Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-being in Australia and Beyond. Ashgate (Routledge), Farnham, Surrey.

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Abstract

One significant factor influencing student wellbeing is the degree to which their studies are subject to external lifestyle pressures. These pressures are relieved or exacerbated by choices students make around their approaches to study, and the amount of time they devote to work and leisure. This Chapter considers results from a 2012 survey of law students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Those results are compared to results from a similar US law student survey, and comparable data from the UK and Australia more broadly. In addition, the UNSW study compares key lifestyle choices of undergraduate (LLB) and graduate (JD) law students. The significance of the analysis in this Chapter for understanding law students’ wellbeing is that comparing American and Australian law students’ lifestyle patterns provides insights into contextual variation between both groups, which is important to bear in mind when comparing American and Australian research on law students’ wellbeing, and appreciating the limits of such comparisons. In particular, much of the wellbeing literature to date has focused on course-based stressors, but in light of recent research indicating that improvements in students’ course-based experiences may not have a direct effect on law students’ elevated levels of psychological distress, it is important to understand the broader life pressures and stressors that may be impacting law students’ wellbeing.

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ID Code: 95411
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Legal education, Law students' well-being, UNSW, Lifestyle pressures, HERN
ISBN: 9781472445292
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 08 May 2016 22:55
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 04:15

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