What will I learn?


Intro to Legal Design is a 9-week course for students to reimagine how legal services are delivered, & learn how to use human-centered design methods to create breakthrough solutions to complex problems.

The students will work with project partners — including legal aid groups/courts, and a private law firm — on 2 legal service challenges to help the partners solve real problems they & their users face. We’ll explore how to use technology & data, as well as visual & service design, to improve how lay people navigate the legal system and how legal professionals work.

For each challenge, students will work on interdisciplinary teams, with close coaching from designers, engineers & lawyers. Students will learn design methods and use their respective expertise to design new innovations that make legal services more accessible & engaging.

Students will be graded based on their project work, class participation, and assignments.

Teaching Team

Margaret Hagan, JD, PhD in international politics
James Williams, JD, PhD in CS (thesis pending) and Google privacy engineer