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.
|Title of host publication||Wellness for Law|
|Subtitle of host publication||Making Wellness Core Business|
|Editors||Judith Marychurch, Adiva Sifris|
|Place of Publication||Chatswood NSW Australia|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- Legal Education
- mental health
- tertiary education
- SDG 3
- SDG 4
Batagol, B., Sifris, A., Spivak, B., Williams, B., & Antolak-Saper, N. (2020). A missing piece of the puzzle? The relationship between empathy and mental health for law students. In J. Marychurch, & A. Sifris (Eds.), Wellness for Law: Making Wellness Core Business (1st ed., pp. 99-110). LexisNexis Butterworths.