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This course is designed to give the student exposure to the collaborative law model and practical experience in the family law setting. There will be an overview of the collaborative law process and practical skills, as well as a discussion of specific issues that arise in the collaborative family law context.
Collaborative Law is a way of practicing law whereby the attorneys for both parties to a dispute agree to assist their clients in problem solving, resolving conflict and reaching agreement using cooperative strategies rather than adversarial techniques and litigation. The focus in collaborative law is on finding the common interests and highest priorities of the parties. The goal of the process is to develop effective relationships, solve problems jointly and prevent a court battle. There will be interactive role play, skills training and a final paper.