Harnessing the law curriculum to promote law student well-being, particularly in the first year of legal education

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The study of law can have serious effects on the psychological health of law students. Scholarship in the US has long-established that the psychological well-being of law students is a concern. We now know (and the chapter of this work affirm) that concern is also justified in Australia. It is well recognized that the 2009 Report of the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) of the University of Sydney was one of the first projects to provide rigorous psychological distress. the BMRI found that more than one-third (35 per cent) of law students suffer high to very high levels of psychological distress. At the time of the release of the report, these levels of psychological distress were 17 per cent higher than those recorded for medical students, and more than 20 per cent higher than those found in the general population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPromoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond
EditorsRachael Field, James Duffy, Colin James
Place of PublicationOxon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter4
Pages181-191
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781317074748
ISBN (Print)9781472445292
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Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Field, R. M. (2016). Harnessing the law curriculum to promote law student well-being, particularly in the first year of legal education. In R. Field, J. Duffy, & C. James (Eds.), Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond (pp. 181-191). Oxon: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315602530-22
Field, Rachael M. / Harnessing the law curriculum to promote law student well-being, particularly in the first year of legal education. Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond. editor / Rachael Field ; James Duffy ; Colin James. Oxon : Routledge, 2016. pp. 181-191
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Field, RM 2016, Harnessing the law curriculum to promote law student well-being, particularly in the first year of legal education. in R Field, J Duffy & C James (eds), Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond. Routledge, Oxon, pp. 181-191. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315602530-22

Harnessing the law curriculum to promote law student well-being, particularly in the first year of legal education. / Field, Rachael M.

Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond. ed. / Rachael Field; James Duffy; Colin James. Oxon : Routledge, 2016. p. 181-191.

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