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Law, Justice and Design: Making Legal Systems for Human Beings - Spring 2020

Professor Martha Minnow

This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to focus on the perspectives of individuals who need to access or navigate the legal system without legal representation. Organized as a workshop, the seminar will ask: What tools of design and law can be used to uncover the needs of individuals facing legal challenges without legal representation? What processes, tools, and systems can we design together to obtain effective navigation and good outcomes for unrepresented individuals within the legal system? We will explore these questions via three contexts – eviction from housing, misdemeanors, and asylum. This course will be active, collaborative, and experiential; students will work in teams, interview people involved in these three processes, experience the processes, and develop proposed innovations.

For more information about this course, visit the Harvard Law School Course Catalog