The Jury is in: Law Schools Foster Students' Fixed Mindsets

50 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2018

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Susan Shapcott

University of Bath

Sarah Davis

Center for Patient Partnerships, University of Wisconsin Law School

Lane Hanson

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Date Written: August 22, 2018

Abstract

The legal education community remains concerned with the resiliency of law students and lawyers. In other fields, a growing body of research suggests that students' mindsets are linked to their resilience, and it is assumed that the findings will hold in legal education. However, to date, there has been no empirical research to support these assumptions. This article describes an empirical study of law students' mindsets based on responses from 425 students at six law schools across the United States. Our results unveil a troubling trend in law students' mindsets at different stages of the law school experience.

Keywords: mindset, legal education, resiliency, well being

Suggested Citation

Shapcott, Susan and Davis, Sarah and Hanson, Lane, The Jury is in: Law Schools Foster Students' Fixed Mindsets (August 22, 2018). 42 Law & Psychol. Rev. 1 (2017-2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3236529 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3236529

Susan Shapcott (Contact Author)

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Sarah Davis

Center for Patient Partnerships, University of Wisconsin Law School ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

Lane Hanson

University of Wisconsin - Madison

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

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