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strengths are less likely to suffer from depression and more likely to report
satisfaction with life. The study confirmed for law students what previous
research had already indicated in other fields: people who use their
strengths experience higher levels of energy, goal attainment, congruence
and well-being, and working on enhancing one’s strengths is associated
with numerous positive workplace outcomes, including increased
employee engagement and job success.
Leading up to in-person sessions during Orientation Week, students completed
an online StrengthsFinder assessment, followed by a personal questionnaire.
The assessment identified each student’s key strengths, while
the questionnaire asked students why they came to law school and what
they hope to accomplish, as well as to define their personal values. The
questionnaire also asked students to make some personal observations and
reflections about their StrengthsFinder results.
The in-person sessions were facilitated by Kimberley Rawes, a career
educator with UBC’s Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, who
worked with the Allard School of Law to develop LawMap. The sessions
asked students to further explore and connect their strengths to their values,
and to set short-term goals in support of those values. It also required
students, as a community, to identify common strengths and values, and
ways in which students can support one another and hold each other
Student responses to LawMap were extremely positive and affirming.
Students overwhelmingly identified honesty, compassion and support as
the strengths they bring to the Allard community and what they can offer
to their peers. When asked how their strengths or values would help them
this year, student responses included: “keep me accountable to the reasons
why I came to law school”; “help me maintain a balanced lifestyle so that I
can succeed academically, socially, personally or otherwise”; and “help me
identify areas of law that are best suited to my interests and skill set”.
A second module of LawMap is planned for (Re)Orientation in January
2018, where students will be asked to build on their earlier work by identifying
and taking steps to advance their unique career goals, drawing on
their strengths and values.
ALLARD SCHOOL OF LAW LAUNCHES ONLINE RESEARCH COMMONS
Launched in the summer of 2017, the Allard School of Law Research Commons,
an institutional online repository created to allow for free and open
access to research being produced at the law school, recently surpassed