Female Law Students, Gendered Self-Evaluation and the Promise of Positive Psychology
Dara E. Purvis
Penn State Law; University of Illinois College of Law
July 5, 2012
Michigan State Law Review, Forthcoming
Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 13-10
For the last several decades, studies and surveys have shown that female law students perform worse and feel worse about their experiences in law school than do male students. Hidden in average figures, however, is a subgroup of female students who thrive. Positive psychology, focusing on what traits make people happy rather than how to alleviate depression, provides novel ideas of how to improve legal education for women without making accommodations specifically targeting gender.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 6, 2012 ; Last revised: January 1, 2013
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