Design Thinking in Law

Legal design thinking (LDT) is about taking a creative, experimental, and user-centered approach to how we provide legal services. It is about taking the same design process taught in design school and applying it in the legal context. LDT takes a human-centered approach and applying it to the world of law to benefit individual clients and eventually benefitting society.

The aim of LDT is to get students and practitioners to develop real solutions to real problems and to learn to view a legal challenge in a new way. The basic principle of LDT is to try to make the law more accessible to individuals who are not trained in law. Effective LDT should help solve specific legal problems. Beyond focusing on the substantive aspects of the law, LDT is primarily about presenting legal issues in an understandable way to clients.

LDT offers a technique that can be used in practice and have many applications in all areas of lawyering that ultimately seeks to advance the interests of the clients. In LDT, unlike traditional law classes, you must focus on the user problems first, as opposed to starting from a macro-view of what the law is. It has to be hands on and you will need to focus on the client’s perspectives first.

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