Survey of Newly Admitted Lawyers

In addition to running the largest university-based professional legal education program in Australia, ANU Legal Workshop is also actively involved in research about lawyers in practice and the role of legal education.  Our research is conducted in close connection with the legal profession so that we can together work towards improving lawyers’ preparedness for practice, their professionalism and wellbeing.

Dr Tony Foley, Vivien Holmes, Margie Rowe and Stephen Tang are currently running an online survey to investigate the factors that influence the professionalism and wellbeing of new lawyers.  This project follows on from earlier research into the formation of professional identity in the early years of legal practice (more information is available in this research summary and journal article. 

If you are an Australian lawyer who is in your first 12 months of legal practice, we would like you to participate in this online survey.  The survey explores the relationships between your workplace culture, your experiences and approaches to work, and your sense of wellbeing.

The survey will take around 15-20 minutes to complete. You can be anonymous, although there is an option to opt-in to receive some aggregated feedback and to participate in a follow-up survey in around 12 months’ time. Your responses in the survey will be kept confidential and you will not be identified in any research outputs.  Importantly, your employer will not see any of your responses or be able to track what you say back to you. The project has been reviewed and approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee.

You may begin the survey here.

Please note that this survey cannot be completed on a tablet, smartphone or other touch-screen device. Please complete this survey on a desktop or laptop computer.

This survey includes some (optional) questions about psychological wellbeing.  We acknowledge that for some people, this may bring to focus current personal difficulties or struggles.  We encourage you to make use of free counselling, self-help and other support services.  Our list of services and resources relevant to legal professionals is available here

Professor Tony Foley SFHEA

Emeritus Professor

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