New class: Redesigning Criminal Justice

Crim Justice Redesign class poster

We’re pleased to announce a new pop-up 5 session class on legal design, offered this coming Spring Quarter at Stanford’s Redesigning Criminal Justice.

Enrollment is limited to 16 participants — with preference going to Stanford students, but applications open to the public.

Applications close March 31 at 11:59pm. Apply here:

The course description:

The criminal justice system is a huge, intimidating system — and if you are ever accused of a crime, you have no choice but to enter into it.

If you don’t have the resources to afford your own attorney, you will be largely without a guide to navigate through this system — all the while your finances, reputation, and freedom are on the line.

In this pop-up, teams of students will learn the design process as they tackle specific challenges that defendants, defense attorneys, and prosecutors face inside the system. Different teams will be assigned to different types of users, and will focus on that user’s problems while also considering how other types of users in the system will respond.

The class will combine the user-centered approach of design thinking, along with a systems-level design process. The goal is to create designs that help a specific user inside the criminal justice system, but that also push the entire system forward.

Teaching Team
Margaret Hagan,
Kursat Ozenc, Autodesk
Ron Dolin, Law School

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