Abstract

This article addresses the fundamental differences between the educational experiences of lawyers and artists. In the American legal academy, lawyers are trained to categorize issues and factual disputes into “boxes,” a process that stultifies creativity. By comparison, artists are trained to expand the boundaries of their creative impulses, leading to discoveries and innovations. Dean Abrams suggests that lawyers can benefit from this type of creative exploration and demonstrates how truly great attorneys, like Louis Brandeis, followed artistic tradition in their lawyering work.

Notes

Originally published in Nova Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 573-582, Spring 1990.

Keywords

creativity, career training

Subject Categories

Lawyers, Artists

Disciplines

Law

Publisher

Nova University Center for the Study of Law

Publication Date

Spring 1990

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