Our Events and Activities

Prototyping for Policy summit

Our legal design summit in 2018 focused on how to bring design methods — particularly prototyping and rapid experimentation — into policy-making.

See the conference site here, with the full schedule of speakers and sessions.

Read more about some of the outcomes here in our Legal Design and Innovation summary.

Law + Design Summit 2017

We had our first large summit on legal design at Stanford d.school in September 2017.

We brought together lawyers, judges, designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs to gather case studies of how design methods can be useful in various parts of the legal system and to learn from experiments in legal design.

See the program here.

Legal Design Workshops

The Legal Design Lab runs workshops for students to learn design thinking and to tackle specific challenges.

We work with legal organizations, including courts, firms, legal departments, foundations, and legal aid groups 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 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


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