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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Making a Racism Reporting Tool: A legal design case study

by Andy Unger, Lucia Otoyo

At LSBU we teach Law & Technology to a cross-disciplinary class of Law and Computing students. We introduce students to LawTech, Legal Design, Teamwork and Project Management and then they are put into groups and required to develop an access to justice LawTech prototype for a real client drawn from our local legal community, including lawyers from our Legal Advice Clinic. It has been our aim to take the most promising prototypes and develop them for actual use. This chapter describes and evaluates our first pro-bono project, creating a racism reporting tool for a local anti-racism charity, The Monitoring Group. The experience is recounted through the voices of the student volunteers, the clients and the lecturers, reflecting in particular on the design process.


Andy Unger is an Associate Professor and Head of the Law Division at London South Bank University. As well as teaching courses on international human rights, he has begun teaching practical Law & Technology courses for law students and computing students. He has a strong interest in the application of LawTech and innovation to overcome barriers to access to justice and is a member of the Network for Justice.

Lucia Otoyo is a senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Computer Science and Informatics Division at London South Bank University. Working part time in the industry as a Software Development company director, Software Project manager and Software Tester allows her to bring practical aspects and latest industry elements into her teaching. She incorporated these firstly within the Software Engineering module and most recently within the Law & Technology module, where further emphasis is put on soft skills such as cross disciplinary collaboration. She has a strong interest in project-based learning linked with latest industry best practices.  

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