Design Thinking for Law and Policy

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Revamp your thinking with this short course in design thinking tools for law students & graduate students engaged in public policy projects. Human-centered design methods will help you re-imagine complex problems and possible interventions to create breakthrough solutions. You will learn how to work with project clients and community partners – including legal aid groups, courts, and government agencies — to help solve the real problems that they & their users face. Students will work on interdisciplinary teams, with close coaching from designers, to learn design methods that catalyze new innovations for law and policy.

Margaret Hagan (SLS ’13) is the Director of the Legal Design Lab and a lecturer at Stanford Institute of Design (the She was a fellow at the from 2013-2014, where she launched the Program for Legal Tech & Design, experimenting in how design can make legal services more usable, useful & engaging. She teaches a series of project-based classes, including Policy Lab practicums, with interdisciplinary student groups tackling legal challenges through user-focused research and design of new legal products and services. She also trains legal professionals in the design process to produce client-focused innovation. While a student at SLS, she built the game app Law Dojo to make studying for law school classes more interactive & engaging. She also started the blog Open Law Lab to document legal innovation and design work. Margaret holds an AB from the University of Chicago, an MA from Central European University in Budapest, and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in International Politics.

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