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Ethical Imperatives for legal educators to promote law student wellbeing

Long title
Ethical Imperatives for legal educators to promote law student wellbeing
Author(s)
Duncan, Nigel
Field, Rachael
Strevens, Caroline
Author(s)' contact information
Nigel Duncan, Professor Emeritus of Legal Education, City, University of London
n.j.duncan@city.ac.uk
Publication
Legal Ethics
Volume number
23
Issue number
1
Year
2020
First page number
published online
Last page number
published online
Country
United Kingdom
Abstract

There is currently a debate about resilience and wellbeing of law students and legal practitioners. Tension has developed between a movement promoting the wellbeing of students and those who criticise that movement for individualising responsibility and enabling managers to evade their responsibilities. This article seeks a constructive resolution of that tension. It proposes ethical obligations for intentional curriculum design for the promotion of student well-being and the ongoing well-being of practitioners. In order to do this it explores different theoretical perspectives on ethical practice. It then uses self-determination theory, a theory of positive psychology, as a basis for applying the outcome of this analysis to the task of educating lawyers. Finally, it considers the implications of these analyses for the continuing responsibilities of the relevant communities: legal educators; practitioners, their employers and managers; regulators; and for the individual law student and lawyer.

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