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City Law School leads on Legal Design Sprint

City Law School Senior Lecturer, Emily Allbon, co-organised Day One of a two-day Legal Design Sprint, with legal publisher, Justis, on 26th July.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Emily Allbon, a Senior Lecturer in the City Law School, co-organised a Legal Design Sprint with legal publisher Justis, on 26th July.

It was the first of a two-day event; attendees were split into teams who worked on solving specific legal problems presented by organisations, before returning on the 6th September to present prototypes.

Legal Design is defined as the application of human-centered design to the law, to make legal systems and services more human-centered, usable, and satisfying.

Day One took place at Cass Business School with students attending from a variety of institutions including the University of York, Nottingham Trent University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of West London and, of course, the City Law School.

Sandrine Herbert Razafinjato from global design agency, Method, took participants through some design thinking basics, guiding them in the processes required and giving them the tools to assist them in the later stages of prototyping and testing.

Richard Mabey of Juro spoke after reading his blogs about the work on privacy policies his company had shaped with Stefania.

Students were also offered valuable insights into the design process in a legal context.

Commenting on legal design, Emily said:

It gives us the opportunity to work with the users themselves to shape services, processes and guidance of the future and is a  recognition of the fact that legal services have reached a crunch point where to have some hope of real transformation, it is vital to work collaboratively with a broad cross-section of people, with very different skills

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