Date of Award

11-2014

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Name

Psychology, BA

First Supervisor

Erin Mueller, PhD

Keywords

legal education, legal practice, psychology, stress, moral development, self-help

Abstract

High levels of stress, substance abuse, and psychological dysfunction riddle the lives of law students and continues on into the legal profession (Larcombe & Fethers, 2013). This study attempted to investigate the potential benefits of psychology in relation to legal education and career. The interaction between knowledge of psychology, stress, moral development, and legal education were examined. Quantitative data were collected from current law students via online surveys regarding stress levels, perception of psychology in legal education, and moral development. Qualitative data also were collected in the form of interviews with current law students, practicing attorneys, legal professors, and current undergraduate students who plan to attend law school. Results showed significant differences in law students with psychology majors in comparison with non-psychology majors in levels of stress and depression, but no significant difference in anxiety levels. During the interviews, all participants expressed a level of importance in incorporating psychology into legal education and practice.

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