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

Rachael M Field, James Duffy

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-203
Number of pages9
JournalAustralasian Dispute Resolution Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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