Lawyers as heroes: Fostering holistic wellbeing by developing heroic virtues in law students

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Abstract

Lawyers play an important role in fostering the personal and relational wellbeing of their clients and the collective wellbeing of their communities. Law schools therefore have an obligation to inculcate in law students a commitment to the wellbeing of others. Pro bono teaching clinics offer an opportunity for law schools to do so, but developing and sustaining heroic virtues in law students is an enormous challenge. Law schools can draw upon heroism science to identify specific virtues to develop within the curriculum and to create a narrative around the law students’ educational experience that makes sense of the explicit focus upon inculcating those virtues and the importance of using legal expertise for the public good.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives
Subtitle of host publicationApplied and Emerging Perspectives
EditorsOlivia Efthimiou, Scott T Allison, Zeno E. Franco
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter8
Pages120-132
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315409016
ISBN (Print)9781138222014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

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Cantatore, F., & James, N. (2018). Lawyers as heroes: Fostering holistic wellbeing by developing heroic virtues in law students. In O. Efthimiou, S. T. Allison, & Z. E. Franco (Eds.), Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives: Applied and Emerging Perspectives (pp. 120-132). New York: Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315409023