Course Description: This course is designed to teach the theory, practice, and skills of law as a helping or healing profession. It explicitly uses psychology to assess the consequences of law and legal procedures on people, their relationships, and their communities in an effort to make law have a positive effect. If you have periodically thought throughout your career in the law, "there must be a better way," then perhaps this course is for you. Specifically, the course will explore approximately 10 exciting new developments in the law, including: collaborative divorce law; creative problem solving; the drug treatment, domestic violence, mental health and other specialized courts movement; holistic law; preventive law; procedural justice; restorative justice; therapeutic jurisprudence; and transformative mediation. These "vectors" make up a growing "comprehensive law movement." Most of these developments are interdisciplinary, nonadversarial, nontraditional, creative, collaborative, and psychologically beneficial to clients, lawyers, and others. This course will be evenly divided between theoretical learning and experiential (skills-based) learning.
1 law school credit
Qualifies for 12 CLE credits; 12 Rule 114 continuing education credits applied for.