Design in Legal Education

A visually rich, experience-led collection
exploring what design can do for legal education.

A visually rich, experience-led collection exploring what design can do for legal education.

In recent decades design has increasingly come to be understood as a resource to improve other fields of public, private and civil society practice. Today legal design – that is, the application of design-based methods to legal practice – is increasingly embedded in lawyering across the world.

This new publication brings together experts from multiple disciplines, professions and jurisdictions to reflect upon how designerly mindsets, processes and strategies can enhance teaching and learning across higher education, public legal information and legal practice. It will be of interest and use to those teaching and learning in any and all of those fields.

A conversation between the editors

Emily Allbon

Emily Allbon

Associate Professor of Law
City Law School
Amanda Perry-Kessaris

Amanda Perry-Kessaris

Professor of Law
Kent Law School

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Designing to Dismantle

by Hallie Jay Pope

While visual law and other forms of legal design are rightly heralded as powerful social justice tools, it would be a mistake to uncritically associate these innovative methods with just outcomes. Visuals can obscure just as easily as they can clarify. They can disrupt oppressive systems, or they can legitimize the status quo. Those of us championing the power of legal design and visual law must examine who wields this power, and for what ends. Is legal design merely a tool for reforming unjust systems, or can we use it to radically remake our world? This chapter explores the theory and practice of designing to dismantle.


Hallie Jay Pope is a legal information designer and cartoonist. She is the founder and president of the Graphic Advocacy Project, a non-profit that works with advocates and communities to design legal informational resources. Hallie is currently a visiting professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where she is developing the Creative Advocacy Lab, an experiential course that re-envisions lawyers as community educators, problem-solvers, and storytellers.

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