Prepare, Experience and Share: Wellness and the Law – Everyday Justice Matters that Matter

Florentina Benga

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Wellness in legal education and in law has attracted significant scholarship and research especially in the provision of contemporary legal education. This article argues that it is also useful to look at ‘everyday justice’ and how this relates to well-being in lawyers and law students. ‘Everyday justice’ means the first level of justice concerned with matters that are resolved without the intervention of a third party or through the formal justice system. It is demonstrated that, as opposed to traditional legal education based on formal access to the court system, contemporary legal education should be based on the impact on and engagement with the community. Providing legal education through an ‘everyday justice’ lens is also important because a substantial amount of lawyer communication occurs with non-lawyers. These are both members of the public and other professionals who did not receive the same training as lawyers and consequently think differently from lawyers. In this context, wellness is presented as a service and as a right, although it is argued that the two are interdependent. Various wellness domains are then explored emphasising ‘everyday justice’ matters which are matters likely to impact everyone (e.g. consumer law, elder law) and their relationship with well-being in law students and lawyers.
Key words: wellness, law, legal education, everyday justice
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2019
EventNational Wellness for Law Forum: Making Wellness Core Business - Melbourne Law School and Monash University, Faculty of Law, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 14 Feb 201915 Feb 2019
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceNational Wellness for Law Forum
OtherThe Wellness Network for Law is a collegial community of legal academics, practitioners and students who are committed to:
•first, addressing the high levels of psychological distress experienced in law; and
•second, promoting wellness at law school, in the legal academy, and in the profession.

The Network, established by Professor Rachael Field as part of her 2010 National Teaching Fellowship, seeks to achieve these aims through supporting a deeper understanding of the onset and causes of psychological distress, as well as through the development of strategies for preventing and ameliorating distress, and for fostering well-being, within law schools and the profession.

The Network is now hosted by the Centre for Professional Legal Education at Bond Law.
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