Argument: Law students are highly stressed and often unhappy

Issue Report: Law school


“Understanding the Negative Effects of Legal Education on Law Students: A Longitudinal Test of Self-Determination Theory.” Kennon M. Sheldon, University of Missouri-Columbia. June 1, 2007: “Longitudinal studies suggest that law school has a corrosive effect on the well-being, values, and motivation of students, ostensibly because of its problematic institutional culture. In a 3-year study of two different law schools, the authors applied self-determination theory’s (SDT) dynamic process model of thriving to explain such findings.”