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Law, Justice, and Design: Making Legal Systems for Human Beings - Spring 2021

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? Students will choose a project on a specific topic area to explore these questions such as eviction from housing, or immigration/asylum. Alternatively students may choose to pursue their projects from the perspective of someone navigating the criminal justice system. This course will be active, collaborative, and experiential; students will work in teams, interview people involved in these different topic areas, synthesize findings and uncover opportunity areas, and finally develop proposed innovations to present to outside experts and legal professionals as the team final.

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