What will I learn?


Prototyping a more inclusive, equal court system

If a person needs to go to court to deal with a divorce, eviction, or credit card debt, the justice system is extremely difficult to navigate. It's even more so if you are not proficient in English. There are more than 200 languages spoken in California, and the courts have made 'language access' a priority for innovation.

In this class, we will work with the California state courts to research, design, and test new strategies for making courts accessible to all people, regardless of language or cultural background. We will be working with court staff and users to create new tech-based and human-centered services that can reduce barriers to the justice system.

Students will get experience in design research, prototyping new technologies on-site at court, and building strategies for innovation in the government.


Learn with

Teaching Team

Margaret Hagan
Director of Stanford Legal Design Lab

Janet Martinez
Senior Lecturer, Stanford Law School

Kursat Ozenc
Design Strategist, SAP Labs

Jonty Olliff-Cooper
Senior Manager, Public & Social Sector Practice, McKinsey & Company

Contact us 


Email Margaret at mdhagan@stanford.edu.


  • LAW 806M

  • Th, 9:30a - 11:30a

  • 2 Units

  • Letter Grade

  • Studio 2


Admission by application. Due 11:59p, Friday, September 14th.

Apply Here!

Accepting 24 graduate, undergraduate students, fellows, and post-docs.