The Duke Center on Law & Technology coordinates many of Duke’s leadership activities in legal technology; our initiatives aim to understand, re-imagine, shape, and lead the next generation of tech-enabled legal practice and to employ the tools of the law to ensure that rapidly emerging technologies empower and ennoble people.
Duke Law By Design is an initiative to bring human-centered design principles and practices into the law school.
A group of faculty and staff have completed training through IDEO U about design thinking, and are engaging student, staff, and faculty in human-centered design processes with stakeholders, other service professionals, and partner organizations from the community.
Topics have included eviction procedures in Durham, imagine measurements of project and attorney success beyond the billable hour, access to justice, improving forensic reports, and serving human trafficking survivors, and others.
Design thinking for law is a process of experiencing knowledge and exploring the human mind’s ‘playground of ideas'.
Design thinking helps us to change the law for the better by…
- Asking participants to take on a beginner’s mindset
- Looking beyond the borders of the “law” as currently defined
- Stripping away the fear of making mistakes
- Teaching creativity and prototyping as core skill sets