Wellbeing and transition to law school: the complexities of confidence, community, and belonging

Ni Drisceoil, Verona and Moore, Imogen Wellbeing and transition to law school: the complexities of confidence, community, and belonging. In: Wellbeing and Transitions in Law: Legal Education and the Legal Profession. Palgrave Macmillan. (Accepted)

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In this chapter the authors adopt a critical lens to the relationships between transition to law school and wellbeing, and the concepts of confidence, community and belonging in that context. Drawing on the findings of recent research within a law student cohort, the authors reflect on how the aspirations and expectations of law students may influence wellbeing in transition and beyond, and the impact of student confidence and students’ sense of community and belonging. While accepting the significance of these factors in transition and wellbeing, the chapter nonetheless questions the assumptions underlying notions such as ‘confidence’ and ‘belonging’ and their interaction with established narratives such as ‘thinking like a lawyer’. It is proposed that deeper reflection and critique is needed when planning transition activities and engagements to consider the messages we may inadvertently embed for our students, and the impact of this on wellbeing and effective transition. The authors finish by exploring some areas of transition practice where their critique of this rather tangled thread of concepts might suggest some useful directions of travel.

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Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2022 08:51
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2022 08:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106712

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