Access Tech Tools Initiative

Prof. Jane Wettach wtih clinical students at Duke LawThe Duke Center on Law & Technology's Access Tech Tools Initiative includes incorporating technology into access to justice programs, integrating design thinking processes into academic courses and community workshops, and supporting scholarship on these topics.

Several Duke Legal Clinics are actively engaged in tech-development projects that aim expressly at expanding access to legal services and increasing efficiency at the Law School.

Students and faculty have engaged in human-centered design processes with stakeholders, other service professionals, and partner organizations from the community. 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

On Friday, October 5, 2018, Director Jeff Ward hosted "Big Ideas: Designing Creative Legal Solutions." This design thinking workshop sought to imagine measurements of project and attorney success beyond the billable hour. Participants included professionals from banks and law firms, legal tech companies, law students, in-house counsel, and the NCBA Future of Law Committee.

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Jeff Ward and students

Students at design thinking workshop







Wintersession 2019 includes a Designing Creative Legal Solutions course led by Professors Jeff Ward and Barak Richman. This course was also taught in Wintersession 2018 by Professor Jeff Ward and Rochael Soper Adranly, General Counsel & Legal Design Lead at IDEO.