Course Number: LAW 6314 Credits: 2
Collaborative law is a lawyering model focused on identifying the interests of all parties in a legal dispute and working to problem solve an answer reached by mutual decision rather than by the use of litigation. Through collaborative law, the parties and their attorneys commit to resolve all issues through respectful face-to-face negotiations. The model has been particularly well suited to family law matters, but is being used in many other areas as well. The approach is also compatible with alternative dispute resolution and therapeutic jurisprudence. This course is designed to familiarize students with both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical application of collaborative law principles. The course is designed as a skills course to train students in the methods of collaborative law. It is anticipated that in addition to readings and simulations, there will be guest lectures by other professionals integral to the collaborative process, including mental health professionals and financial planners.