Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave: Mind Mapping As Creative Spark to Optimize Transactional Clinic Assignments

39 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017 Last revised: 24 Mar 2017

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Brett Stohs

University of Nebraska College of Law

Date Written: January 10, 2017

Abstract

Client assignments chart a course for a student’s learning experience in a live-client transactional law clinic. Assignment decisions are multifaceted, requiring careful consideration to balance educational objectives for law students with professional obligations to clinic clients. Mind mapping can be employed by clinical law faculty to organize, synthesize, and creatively evaluate information to make client assignments that effectively balance pedagogical objectives with client needs. Mind mapping is a visual tool that has inspired thinkers from da Vinci to Picasso to understand and analyze information in innovative ways. New electronic mind mapping applications make this tool easily accessible to clinical faculty, providing functionalities that expand its creative potential. Grounded in transactional clinic design principles and the author’s experiences with mind mapping at the University of Nebraska College of Law, this article provides readers with a detailed road map for utilization of electronic mind mapping in a live-client transactional law clinic.

Keywords: Mind mapping, clinical education, transactional practice, client assignments, clinic design, creativity

Suggested Citation

Stohs, Brett, Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave: Mind Mapping As Creative Spark to Optimize Transactional Clinic Assignments (January 10, 2017). New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 61, No. 119, 2016-2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2860750

Brett Stohs (Contact Author)

University of Nebraska College of Law ( email )

103 McCollum Hall
P.O. Box 830902
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
United States

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