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Area of Concentration


The Creative Problem Solving area of concentration is designed to help you acquire the needed skills that demand broader and deeper understanding of people, their problems, and the consequences of confronting those problems only in narrow, legalistic ways. Lawyers of the future need training on how to think more broadly, flexibly, relationally, and preventively.


Students must take two of the following Core courses:

  • Problem Solving & Preventive Law
  • Mediation
  • Advanced Negotiation

Students must also take four additional courses that qualify for credit toward the Creative Problem Solving area of concentration, to be arranged through the approval of its faculty director, Professor Thomas D. Barton.

Finally, students must complete a CWSL Clinical Externship of any sort, but write up a brief description about how their externship experience relates to Creative Problem Solving attitudes or skills, submitting this brief description directly to Professor Barton.

Please speak directly with Professor Barton about beginning the Creative Problem Solving area of concentration, and about completing its requirements.