Chapter 14 Creativity
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The law is among humanity’s most creative expressions yet the formalism and stress of law study and practice leave many law students and lawyers feeling as if they lack a creative spark. Or, if there is a spark, it is kindled outside of the law. One means to counteract this effect is to bring the creative process more fully into the law school experience in ways that can be enjoyed over a lifetime. Haiku is introduced as an easy to learn and accessible creative practice, as is drawing with crayons, which can reawaken the childlike wonder too often forgotten or set aside during law study. The writings of legal scholars and artists on the importance of creativity offer important reminders. The open monitoring practice is reintroduced due to its association with creativity and divergent thinking, and is then combined with the crafting of haiku or other self-selected creative projects.

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