National attention is growing for Hamline's innovative program, which is designed to educate lawyers capable of exploring social and political issues through fiction and creative nonfiction
News of Hamline's first-in-the-nation joint degree in law and creative writing made the national ABA Journal in December. In the article Dean Garon describes that the one of the main drivers behind the degree was the "growth in public policy books aimed at general readers. Increasingly, lawyers have moved to the public arena to affect social policy. (Read the article at http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/creative_thinking/).
"There's tremendous interest in writing books, articles and documents that open up new avenues of public dialogue," Dean Garon is quoted as saying. The article also described that Hamline "hopes to attract law students who want to explore a range of creative writing." Dean Garon reports that he already has fielded inquiries from poets, playwrights and "many others who find the combination of law and writing to be compelling." More information about the program is available at http://www.hamline.edu/law/jdmfa.