The Legal Education, ADR, and Practical Problem-Solving (LEAPS) Project of the American Bar Association section of Dispute Resolution’s Law Schools Committee has invited Hamline law professor James Coben to serve as a consultant to civil procedure faculty nationwide who want advice about incorporating practical problem-solving into first year courses.
Practical problem-solving involves the range of skills that lawyers use regularly in practice in addition to legal research, writing, and analysis. These skills include fact gathering, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, representation in alternative disputed resolution (ADR) processes, and drafting legal documents, among others.
The LEAPS project has convened small panels of highly-respected law faculty to be available to consult with faculty around the country who want advice about incorporating practical problem-solving into their courses. These panels are organized by subject area.