Student and client wellbeing and clinical legal education
Legal clinics often challenge law students to ‘step out of their comfort zones’ as they interact with vulnerable clients and, in many cases, confront difficult and previously unknown areas of law such as child protection, mental health, prison law and homelessness. This project will critically examine the scholarship about student wellbeing in the context of clinical legal education. It will consider the various ways in which law students are selected to participate in clinical programs. It will also consider whether certain areas of law are inherently unsuitable for law student involvement, and/or whether additional precautionary and protective measures in clinic design need to be taken into account.