Resilience and Wellbeing Programmes: The Practical Legal Training Experience

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Promoting Law Student and Lawyer Well-Being in Australia and Beyond, 2016
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Research and literature concerning the need for resilience education and wellbeing programs for law students and lawyers is well established. The impact for law schools in responding, has meant, in part, a move away from the entrenched teaching method. The core business of legal education traditionally focused on knowledge within the discipline of law. In more recent times, the development of skills and most recently, the introduction of resilience and wellbeing training, has followed. Legal education leading to admission to practise law includes a final component of practical legal training (PLT). Although the duration of PLT is significantly shorter that academic study, the role of PLT is an important one. It is here that students build on their legal knowledge, skills and values to transition from student to practitioner. This chapter discusses the role of PLT in legal education, with particular reference to resilience and wellbeing programs developed by two PLT providers. The outcomes for graduates and the challenges for PLT providers in relation to training students are also considered.
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