Defining wellness in legal education: a reply to Kawamata

Jonathan Crowe

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This article responds to Oscar Kawamata’s thought-provoking criticisms of the conception of law student well-being that I previously advocated in this journal. Kawamata argues that my objective model of well-being is unrealistic and unhelpful from his perspective as a law student, proposing instead a subjective account grounded in Buddhist philosophy. While acknowledging Kawamata’s valid concerns, I suggest that an idea of well-being with objective elements is still preferable to a purely subjective conception. Put simply, well-being does not just consist in changing your mind; sometimes, you need to change your life as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-142
Number of pages3
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2023


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