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.
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
We are training law students, lawyers, designers, and others to design quality legal products.
We are designing new products to help people make intelligent legal choices for themselves.
We are combining human-centered design & interactive technology to find new ways to innovate in law.
We are curating toolkits for lawyers, law students, and paralegals to use as they begin to design and develop projects.
We are setting best practices for how to design and present complex legal information to lay audiences.
Access to Justice and Court Innovation
A series of classes, technology builds, user research, and exploratory work to drive user-friendly, efficient, and powerful support for people using the legal system.
Better Internet for Legal Help
An initiative to promote a coordinated system of service-providers, and an ecosystem of better tools & interfaces for laypeople to use online to find legal help.
Smart Legal Communication
Design-driven research into more effective, engaging ways to communicate legal information — notices, policies, process, eligibility, and beyond — to lay people.
New Models of Legal Orgs
A research and workshop project aimed at larger, system-level changes in courts, law firms, legal departments, and legal aid groups — to promote cultures that are more experimental, diverse, and agile.
A platform to create and publish better guides to legal processes, with visual and interactive triage & process-guides.
The Legal Design Lab runs workshops for students to learn design thinking and to tackle specific challenges.
We also work with legal organizations to train them on design thinking, scope new initiatives, conduct user testing, and plan how to bring innovation into their organization. Please be in touch if you are interested in a workshop.
We also hold Innovation Sprints at our Lab each quarter. In these Sprints, we train teams on user-centered design process, and help the teams to scope, prototype, and plan for testing of a challenge they have brought. If your team would like to attend an upcoming Sprint, please write.
We run custom presentations and workshops for courts, law firms, legal departments, legal aid groups, government agencies, and foundations. Please be in touch if you are interested in a workshop.
In addition, we hold Innovation Sprints at our Lab each quarter. In these Sprints, we train teams on user-centered design process, and help the teams to scope, prototype, and plan for testing of a challenge they have brought. If your team would like to attend an upcoming Sprint, please write.
We run workshops on a variety of process, skills, culture-change, and strategy:
Service Design: Working with state courts to plan how they can better present language access materials, or serve self-represented litigants
Culture Change:Helping a law firm plan for diversity and inclusion among their associates and partners
Design Thinking: Coaching lawyers in the design process — for example, coaching law firm lawyers on how to use design thinking to advise their clients on a business problem in their legal department
Visual Design: Training lawyers on the essentials of visual design, and how to apply it in their presentations, writings, and arguments
Innovation Strategy: Planning how to launch an innovation and design lab inside of a law firm
User Testing: Evaluating a current app, website, or service offered by the government with its target users, and then having a co-design session to create new versions
Exploratory Sessions: Bringing together a wide range of stakeholders who are all involved in a system, to prioritize an agenda of challenges to tackle, and identify a shortlist of new solutions to pilot
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.
If you have an idea for working with us, please write us a short description of your idea & we’ll be in touch.
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