Supporting Law Students’ Skills Development Online – A Strategy to Improve Skills and Reduce Student Stress?

(2017) 25 Research in Learning Technology

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 29

25 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2017

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Matthew T. Stubbs

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Anne Hewitt

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: December 7, 2017

Abstract

Law students internationally suffer from a high level of psychological distress compared with the general and student populations, and anecdotal evidence suggests that students developing skills without adequate support experience significant stress and anxiety. This article considers an initiative at one Australian law school to develop a degree-wide structured online skills development programme as a means to both improve student skills acquisition and reduce student stress. The project implements, through the use of learning technology, the principles proposed by McKinney for making small changes to law school teaching, informed by self-efficacy theory, which can have powerful results.

Keywords: legal skills, online learning, student stress, wellbeing, skills, blended learning

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Stubbs, Matthew T. and Hewitt, Anne, Supporting Law Students’ Skills Development Online – A Strategy to Improve Skills and Reduce Student Stress? (December 7, 2017). (2017) 25 Research in Learning Technology, U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 29, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3084373

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Anne Hewitt

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

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Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

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