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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 407 PETER A. ALLARD SCHOOL OF LAW FACULTY NEWS By Abby Blinch* WELL-BEING IN LAW SCHOOL: SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR LONG-TERM RESILIENCY “Well-being” has moved from being a buzzword to being a tangible commitment at many university communities, including here at the University of British Columbia. In June 2015, the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities & Colleges (“Charter”) was developed as part of an international conference, with UBC being one of the first institutions to adopt the Charter. On a campus of over 55,000 students, however, well-being will look different in each faculty, and at the Allard School of Law we recognize that law students have their own unique stresses and challenges that need to be addressed. As such, the law school has begun working with the Allard Law Students’ Society (“ALSS”) and the university on an initiative that aims to provide tools and strategies for law students to achieve overall well-being not only throughout law school, but moving into their careers as well. Still in its early stages, the wellness initiative at Allard Law is being developed as a key part of the law school’s 2016–2021 Strategic Plan, and within the context of our responsibilities as a professional program. As Dean Catherine Dauvergne states: At the Allard School of Law, we see learning to take care of oneself in the context of a demanding academic program and being equipped with skills and strategies for resilience as part of professional training for a career in the law. There is no question that there are significant stressrelated issues impacting wellness in the legal profession. The discussion of how to manage the high expectations placed on lawyers in a holistic and healthy way needs to start in law school. * Abby Blinch is the communications manager at the Allard School of Law.


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