A missing piece of the puzzle? The relationship between empathy and mental health for law students

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This chapter discusses the link between empathy and mental health for tertiary students in law. While it is generally recognised that empathy is an important skill for lawyers and a necessary component of good communication, there is potential value in working on explicitly developing empathy levels in law students to improve the mental health of law students and legal practitioners. Based upon our study of the link between empathy levels and mental health/wellbeing for law students at Monash University, we argue that empathy has not yet proven to be one of the missing pieces of the puzzle in achieving increased positive wellbeing among law students and the legal community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWellness for Law
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Wellness Core Business
EditorsJudith Marychurch, Adiva Sifris
Place of PublicationChatswood NSW Australia
PublisherLexisNexis Butterworths
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780409350999
ISBN (Print)9780409350982
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Legal Education
  • mental health
  • tertiary education
  • empathy
  • psychology
  • SDG 3
  • SDG 4

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