Female Law Students, Gendered Self-Evaluation and the Promise of Positive Psychology

25 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2012 Last revised: 1 Jan 2013

Dara E. Purvis

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Date Written: July 5, 2012

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Purvis, Dara E., Female Law Students, Gendered Self-Evaluation and the Promise of Positive Psychology (July 5, 2012). Michigan State Law Review, Forthcoming; Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 13-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101365

Dara E. Purvis (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

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