1st Edition

Educating for Well-Being in Law Positive Professional Identities and Practice

Edited By Caroline Strevens, Rachael Field Copyright 2020
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    Bringing together the current international body of knowledge on key issues for educating for well-being in law, this book offers comparative perspectives across jurisdictions, and utilises a range of theoretical lenses (including socio-legal, psychological and ethical theories) in analysing well-being and legal education in law. The chapters include innovative and tested research methodologies and strategies for educating for well-being. Asking and answering the question as to whether law is special in terms of producing psychological distress in law students, law teachers and the profession, and bringing together common and opposing perspectives, this book also seeks to highlight excellent practice in promoting a positive professional identity at law school and beyond resulting in an original contribution to knowledge, and new discourses of analysis.



    Chapter 1: The Ethics of Wellbeing: Psychological Health as the Vanguard for Sociological Change

    Colin James (ANU Australia and University of Newcastle, Australia)

    Chapter 2: Self-Care as a professional virtue for lawyers

    Caroline Strevens (University of Portsmouth, UK), Rachael Field (Bond University, Australia), and Nigel Duncan (The City Law School, City University, London)

    Chapter 3: Values: The Flip Side of the Well-being Coin

    Vivien Holmes (ANU, Australia)

    Chapter 4: Well-Being and a Positive Professional Identity in the Legal Profession: A Snapshot of the UK Bar

    Rachel Spearing (UK Bar) and Rachael Field (Bond University Australia)

    Chapter 5: Determined to be Professional, Ethical and Well

    Anneka Ferguson (ANU, Australia) and Stephen Tang (ANU, Australia)

    Chapter 6: The Information Gap: A comparative study of the paradigms shaping perceptions of career success for law undergraduates and professional legal training students in Australia and the latent implications of non-professional legal career opportunities for law graduates in England

    Barry Yau, David Catanzariti (ANU, Australia) and Joanne Atkinson (University of Portsmouth, UK)

    Chapter 7: Widening the Approach to Ethics Teaching and Positively Affecting the Ethical Professional Identity of Trainee Solicitors in Ireland

    Freda Grealy (Head of Diploma Centre, Law Society of Ireland)

    Chapter 8: Connectivity, Socialisation and Identity Formation: Exploring Mental Well-being in Online Distance Learning Law Students

    Emma Jones (Open University, UK)

    Chapter 9: Which Hat Shall I Wear Today? Exploring the Professional and Ethical Implications of Law Clinic Supervision

    Margaret Castles (University of Adelaide, Australia) and Carol Boothby (Northumbria University, UK)

    Chapter 10: Clinical Legal Education and the Hidden Curriculum in the Neoliberal University in England and Wales

    Caroline Gibby (University of Sunderland, UK)

    Chapter 11: Resilience, positive motivation and professional identity: the experience of law clinic students working with real clients.

    Nigel Duncan (The City Law School, City University, London)

    Chapter 12: Meditation in Legal Education: The Value Added Toward the Well-Being of Law Students

    Anthony Cullen and Lughaidh Kerin (Middlesex University, London)

    Chapter 13: Identity, Well-being and Law Students

    Lydia Bleasdale and Sarah Humphreys (University of Leeds, UK)



    Caroline Strevens is Reader in Legal Education and Head of the Law Department at the University of Portsmouth and Chair of the Association of Law Teachers. Caroline’s academic career was preceded by a career in legal practice as a Solicitor. She established the suite of qualifying law degrees and was appointed the first Head when the Department was formed in 2008. Caroline’s primary research area is legal education. Recently, she has been investigating links between motivation, well-being and ethical decision-making. Her most recent publication entitled ‘Perceptions of Wellbeing in Law Teachers’ has been published in the Law Teacher. Caroline continues to work with international collaborators to promote well-being in legal academics and junior lawyers.

    Rachael Field is a Professor in the Law School at Bond University, co-director of the Bond Dispute Resolution Centre, a member of the Executive of Bond’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and co-founder of the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network. She is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2010 Rachael established the Australian Wellness Network for Law, which holds annual Forums on well-being issues in legal education and legal practice. Rachael volunteers at the Women’s Legal Service in Brisbane and has been president of the Service since 2004. In 2013 Rachael was named Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year.