Do Learners Fear More than Fear Itself: The Role of Fear in Law Students Educational Experiences

Jeffrey Perrin, Jennifer O'Neil, Ashley Grimes, Laura Bryson


While previous research has examined the various relationships between fear and learning in K-12 academic settings, the relationship is surprisingly unexplored amongst law students. Using a descriptive qualitative approach, we examine the role fear plays in law students’ learning experiences. Through a series of semi-structured interviews a few areas of interest emerged including: fears related to disappointing family members and professors, as well as fears of peer judgment from classmates. The findings of this study demonstrate the unique relationship between the type of fear and how it influences academic motivation within this sample of law students. Based on our findings, we propose suggestions for future research that addresses the potentially detrimental effect of peer judgment on graduate students’ academic motivation.

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Journal of Education and Training Studies  ISSN 2324-805X (Print)   ISSN 2324-8068 (Online)

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