A qualitative study of the impact of law clinics on students’ perceptions of emotional labour expectations

WESTABY, Chalen (2014). A qualitative study of the impact of law clinics on students’ perceptions of emotional labour expectations. The Law Teacher, 48 (3), 248-280.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2014.965948
Link to published version:: 10.1080/03069400.2014.965948


The benefits to students of being given some form of clinical legal education are well documented. Research has been conducted in the area of legal education and emotion, emotional intelligence and clinical legal education. There have also been studies which explore emotional labour in the legal profession. However, there is currently no research into the role of clinical legal education in advancing law students’ understanding of emotional labour expectations in the legal profession. This Legal Education Research Network (LERN) funded project aims to fill that gap by examining the contribution law clinics make to the development of law students’ emotion management skills in preparation for entry into the legal profession. The project seeks to achieve this by considering the changes to law students’ perceptions of emotional labour expectations as a result of undertaking this type of clinical legal education. The paper offers insights into the types of emotional labour as well as the perceived drivers of emotional labour, which are regarded as necessary to fulfil the role of the solicitor. The paper will also analyse the potential consequences of performing emotional labour identified by participants.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1080/03069400.2014.965948
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2015 11:30
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2015 11:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9130

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