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Law students to be taught meditation to prepare for workplace stress

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New initiatives will also include online ‘mindfulness’ module

BPP University Law School will be rolling out a series of new initiatives to bolster students’ mindfulness as they prepare to enter legal practice.

From the end of this month the law school will provide students with access to audio meditations that they can download and listen to on their smartphones. Topics include “balancing work and life”, “self-care”, and “getting a good night’s sleep”.

Online modules on issues such as “controlling anxiety” and “mindfulness on the go” will also be available to students.

The law school will trial turning some of its classrooms in London, Holborn and Leeds into “pop-up meditation studios”. Students will be taken through “guided meditation sessions” by surround-sound meditation company The Unwind Experience and taught the benefits of mindfulness. The scheme will be rolled out across the university if successful.

BPP will also introduce new learning technology to identify study patterns that may be impacting on students’ health and wellbeing. This, according to the law schhol, will encourage students “to work smarter, not harder”, with tutors able to review students’ study plans.

Clifford Chance partner and wellbeing advocate Jeremy Connick has also been drafted in to launch a programme designed to help students appreciate the importance of good mental health.

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Jo-Anne Pugh, director of programme design and development at BPP, said:

“Our new programmes will introduce students to self-reflection, wellbeing and emotional intelligence. But this is more than a series of new modules. Strategies for good mental wellness will be embedded within all our legal education and training to help prepare and support students for both study and their later working lives.”

The initiatives — which follow National Stress Awareness Day last Wednesday — acknowledge that work-related stress among junior lawyers is on the rise.

Earlier this year the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society found as part of its ‘Resilience and Wellbeing Survey’, that almost half of respondents (48%) had experienced poor mental health — a 10% increase from the year before. Elsewhere, an overwhelming 94% of the 1,803 solicitors surveyed experienced work-related stress, with almost a quarter describing the level as “severe/extreme”.

Feeling stressed? You can contact LawCare by calling 0800 279 6888 in the UK.

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14 Comments

BPP GDL Student

If you really want students to relax, drop your outstanding fees for your second rate courses, increase student support and administrative processes for examinations and coursework and stop getting rid of/ making redundant good lecturers/teachers just because they don’t fit in your ‘business and commercial strategies’.

I Eat Meat

Just remember vocational education does not matter. If you cannot sail through the process you are not good enough and no-one cares what marks you get.

anonymindful

On the contrary, I think it is actually worse than that.

Top grades on vocational education such as the LPC are almost taken as granted while poor grades will automatically harm career prospects.

I Eat Meat

LPC results make no difference if you have decent first from a decent place. And if you have a meh degree then I would not care how well you did on the LPC.

Anon

LPC results do matter. A guy on my LPC had an Oxford high 2:1, failed to pass his LPC on his first time round and lost his TC because of it…

Anonymous

Yes, dumbo, they matter if you fail it. But you do have to particularly lazy or thick to do that. What you get as a pass does not matter.

In House

All well and good in theory, but any chance of this type of thing actually working in practice?

If trainees etc. are being beasted City-wide it is highly unlikely that they’ll have time to get stressed, let alone time to pop away from a serious bit of work to meditate.

Anon

This person gets it…

City trainee

I’m a firm believer in mindfulness and meditation practices having suffered with various mental health illnesses for several years. I’m also a trainee at a large city firm and can attest to the difficulty getting time to put this into practice, though most days it is possible. It’s just about spending those precious free minutes each day wisely, and personally a 10 minute meditation can significantly boost my mood and productivity for the day.

Tips

I find a bottle of wine each night – two if its really bad- is all the mindfulness I need.

Anon

I eat meat – you said results make no difference. Be more precise with your language you cretin.

I Eat Meat

Anon, I really was not thinking about those dim enough to fail such a simple exam. But well done in adopting an offensive epithet in the context of chiding someone on their use of language.

Anon

Thanks. I’m sure you’ll do better in future.

BPP student/future trainee

Maybe instead of introducing meditation they could find lecturers who dont bully/undermine students when they ask questions to deflect from the fact that they dont know the answers

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