publication . Article . 2010

Addressing the high levels of psychological distress in law students through intentional assessment and feedback design in the first year law curriculum

Sally Kift;
  • Published: 17 Jun 2010
<p>A study of the Brain and Mind Institute released in 2009 established that more than one third of Australian law students suffer from psychological distress (BMRI, 2009). The psychological health of law students is therefore a critical issue for Australian legal education, and strategic change is necessary to address the stressful nature of studying law. This paper argues that intentional first year curriculum design has a critical role to play in addressing and preventing psychological distress in law students. In particular, we argue that assessment and feedback practice in the first year can be harnessed to assist students to successfully transition to stud...
free text keywords: Legal education, Curriculum, Sociology, Law, Strategic change, Psychological health, Distress, first year curriculum, assessment and feedback, assessment design, good practice, law students, psychological distress, Theory and practice of education, LB5-3640
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