Confidence, competence and purpose: How a short clinical experience makes a difference in a law student’s mental health and sense of purpose

I conducted empirical research in the period 2016 to examine the impact of a short clinical experience in law students. One research question addressed how meeting real clients in a clinical experience, early in a law degree, impacts on students’ confidence and their later law studies. Many have looked at how law studies affects students’ sense of well being and the importance of incorporating experiences where students can experience a sense of purpose to support good mental health. This presentation will examine how even relatively short clinical experiences are powerful, connecting experiences for students with potential to support good mental health in students.