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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