Recent research suggests that legal education in North America harms students in many ways. From depression to alcoholism, to a loss of sense of self and well-being. Yet very little is known about how this harm occurs. This is one of the first empirical studies that looks specifically at the teaching methods, assessment techniques and other educational factors and how they impact law students – both positively and negatively.
This doctoral study summarizes recent research, provides empirical analysis and concludes that law students are indeed impacted and it is easily remedied. A comprehensive bibliography is included.
You may also wish to read my academic article: “Rite of Passage: The Impact of Teaching Methods on First year Law Students” published in 2008, volume 42 (1) The Law Teacher pages 60-84. It is available on this website under Samples of my Writing.