Problem-solving activities strengthen legal departments

Lawyers must prioritize organized, creative thinking processes.

My sixth-grader and several of her classmates recently joined an organization I’d never heard of until this year—the Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP). As I watched her team compete this June at the international problem-solving conference, I found myself wishing that “problem-solving” education had been an option when my legal colleagues and I were kids—or at least when we were law students.

Apparently, I’m not alone. Last year, Northwestern University Law School offered a session for first-year and LLM students titled “Lawyer as Problem Solver.” And this year Harvard Law School took the unique step of making its new “Problem Solving Workshop” mandatory for all first-year law students.

Janice Block

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