We are an interdisciplinary team based at Stanford Law School & d.school, working at the intersection of human-centered design, technology & law to build a new generation of legal products & services.

Our Mission


Training law students & professionals in human-centered legal design


Developing new models of user-friendly, accessible, and engaging legal services


Researching how innovation can be brought to the world of law, and what legal users want

Training in Legal Design & Tech

We are training law students, lawyers, designers, and others to design quality legal products.

Prototyping New Interactive Law Tools

We are designing new products to help people make intelligent legal choices for themselves.

Discovering New Paths for Innovation

We are combining human-centered design & interactive technology to find new ways to innovate in law.

Building a Legal Design Toolbox

We are curating toolkits for lawyers, law students, and paralegals to use as they begin to design and develop projects.

Defining Standards for Legal Communications

We are setting best practices for how to design and present complex legal information to lay audiences.

Our Projects This Year



An open-source platform to create and publish better guides to legal processes, with a visual flowchart triage & a smart checklist process-guide.

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Court Messaging Project

An out-of-the-box tool to let any court or legal service provider send text messages with info, reminders, and coaching to people going through the legal system.

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Better Internet for Legal Help

A working group to promote a coordinated system of service-providers, and an ecosystem of better tools & interfaces for laypeople to use online to find legal help.

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Legal Communication Design

Design-driven research into more effective, engaging ways to communicate legal information — notices, policies, process, eligibility, and beyond — to lay people.


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Our Classes

Prototyping Access to Justice

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Intro to Legal Design

In Spring 2015, we offered the class Intro to Legal Design at Stanford Law School & d.school.

It’s a 4-credit class for law, business, and engineering students to learn the essentials of design thinking & service design, and apply them to real-world problems of law firms, legal aid groups, and other legal orgs.

It is taught by Margaret Hagan (SLS fellow, d.school lecturer) & James Williams (Privacy Engineer at Google, also with JD and finishing his PhD in Computer Science). We are partnered with 6 different legal organizations to give student teams hands-on experience in tackling legal service design challenges.

Students work in teams of 3-4, in an 8-week design cycle, to map the status quo, define a design brief and user profiles, generate concept ideas for new solutions, and prototype and test one promising concept. The final deliverables are mock-ups of a vetted prototype, an action plan for how it can be piloted by the partner organization, and a process write-up of how the team operated.

Students learn a mix of innovative and practical skills, meant to train them for 21st century legal practice — as well as alternative, hybrid, and entrepreneurial careers in law. The primary learning outcome is to learn how to use human-centered design to solve complex service challenges.

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Join our Access By Design working group, in which designers, lawyers, and technologists work together to review existing legal service products & generate new ones that are more usable & engaging.

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Use our toolbox to find design and development tools to use when building legal products & services, or building new legal organizations & culture.

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