Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education

Title

Identifying Predictors of Law Student Life Satisfaction

Document Type

Law Review Article

Publication Date

10-2008

Keywords

student diversity impact, diverse campus environment, campus climate

Abstract

Compared to the U.S. population, law students are at greater risk for stress-related health disorders. However, law students have the potential to experience a high degree of meaningful engagement with their work, to feel a sense of community involvement and support, and to feel proud of their achievements. Based on prior well-being research, it was predicted that engagement, social support, and perceptions of academic success would relate to enhanced satisfaction with life for a national sample of law students. Findings from a multilevel regression analysis revealed that smaller, more diverse law schools with higher quality instruction and class discussion were most conducive to life satisfaction. Students who felt supported by their academic and home communities and students who were academically successful were the most satisfied with their lives.

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