The world at their fingertips? The mental wellbeing of online distance-based law students

Jones, Emma; Samra, Rajvinder and Lucassen, Mathijs (2019). The world at their fingertips? The mental wellbeing of online distance-based law students. The Law Teacher, 53(1) pp. 49–69.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2018.1488910

Abstract

In recent years there has been an increased interest in student mental wellbeing within higher education. In terms of legal education, much of this has been focused upon the United States (“US”) and Australia, with a lack of United Kingdom (UK)-based empirical data available. Although there is now extensive provision of online distance learning options available to UK (and other) law students, there is a notable lack of research into the possible challenges which are specific to this form of tertiary offering. This paper seeks to contribute to the development of research in this area by reporting upon, and analysing, preliminary data gathered from an empirical study of the mental wellbeing of online distance learning law students.

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