Law Teachers Speak Out: What do Law Schools Need to Change

Wellbeing in a Changing World: The Impact of Technology and Innovation on the Legal Profession, Intersentia (2020)

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 20.26

20 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2019 Last revised: 26 Oct 2020

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Colin G. James

ANU College of Law - School of Legal Practice. Australian National University

Caroline Strevens SFHEA

Portsmouth Law School

Rachael Field

Bond University - School of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This Chapter presents the results of national surveys of UK and Australian legal academics conducted in 2017 and explores law teachers’ perceptions of their well-being and of their experience of stress at work. First, we consider the neo-liberal landscape of higher education in the 21st Century, a landscape that provides the context and framework for how law teachers experience law school as a work environment. Second, we explain the methodology and results of the studies conducted in the UK and Australia in 2017. Third, we discuss the themes presenting from the law teachers’ responses to the open question: please explain what you think your university could do to improve staff quality of working life? The Chapter concludes with a suggested to-do list for law school leaders to provide a work environment that better supports the well-being of their academics and in turn enhances their capacity to support law student well-being.

Suggested Citation

James, Dr. Colin G. and Strevens, Caroline and Field, Rachael, Law Teachers Speak Out: What do Law Schools Need to Change (2020). Wellbeing in a Changing World: The Impact of Technology and Innovation on the Legal Profession, Intersentia (2020), ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 20.26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3387167

Dr. Colin G. James (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law - School of Legal Practice. Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, ACT
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://legalworkshop.law.anu.edu.au/

Caroline Strevens

Portsmouth Law School ( email )

University House
Winston Churchhill Avenue
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2UP
United Kingdom
02392844240 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.port.ac.uk/school-of-law/staff/caroline-strevens.html

Rachael Field

Bond University - School of Law ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

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