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THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS: USING FILM TO TEACH FAMILY LAW

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  • Mary Kay O'Malley

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    1. Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Child and Family Services Clinic, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. I would like to thank Dean Barbara Glesner Fines for her continued support, invaluable guidance, and assistance with this article.
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Abstract

This article discusses the aspects of narrative and character development that make films a useful tool to supplement classroom legal education. Moreover, utilizing film is particularly effective for learning and exploring the dynamics of human relationships at the center of family law cases. When designing a film and family law course instructors should seek to promote creative thinking, cultural competence, student exploration of bias and assumptions and best practices for attorneys based on the examples provided in the film. Films make the learning process more fun, but still provide substantial opportunities to broaden students' concept of the impact of law on family members.

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