How Students’ Gratitude for Feedback Can Identify the Right Attitude for Success: Disciplined Optimism

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing, Vol. 19, p. 169, 2011

Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-22

6 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2011

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Anna P. Hemingway

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Students’ reactions to feedback are intriguing. Why is it that some students resist, and in fact almost resent, receiving suggestions for improving their work while others are grateful and clamor for more help? This short article examines the role of gratitude in legal education. It suggests that students who engage in disciplined optimism, i.e., positive attitude and hard work, are more likely to succeed in law school than students who avoid feedback and self-handicap their efforts.

Keywords: Legal Analysis and Writing, Legal Education, Legal Profession, Psychology, Psychiatry

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Hemingway, Anna P., How Students’ Gratitude for Feedback Can Identify the Right Attitude for Success: Disciplined Optimism (2011). Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing, Vol. 19, p. 169, 2011; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1880086

Anna P. Hemingway (Contact Author)

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