On July 26th, Justis co-hosted a Student Legal Design Sprint with Emily Allbon of The City Law School, University of London, where a group of highly engaged students began to apply Legal Design to real-world problems, identified by a range of industry experts. A number of student teams then went forward and took on the summer challenge of developing Legal Design solutions to these real-world problems.
On September 6th the student teams returned to London to present their ideas to a panel of judges, including Emily Allbon and Caroline Sipos from The City Law School, James Steiner from the global design firm, Method, and Matthew Terrell from Justis.
Tasked with applying legal design to the Consumer Rights Act, Team Consumer created a visual solution, considering a wide range of age groups and needs. The team conducted thorough research using a variety of methodologies to develop and validate their ideas, which resulted in a creative solution that could assist consumers in understanding their rights and navigating the lengthy Consumer Rights Act with greater ease.
Throughout university life, almost every student will be tasked with reading at least one tenancy agreement. Understanding this information is both important to the tenant and landlord. Therefore, Team Tenancy had the brilliant solution of separating the important parts of the agreement for both parties and using icons and illustrations to simplify the process of navigating the document by signposting the most relevant information.
Focusing on the importance of students understanding their contract with the university they are enrolled at; Team University presented a detailed analysis of the current spectrum of university contracts that exist and developed a simple solution built upon the idea of a flow diagram. This solution would help students from all backgrounds navigate the complexities of a contract and highlight the important and relevant sections to them.
Team University was awarded with Best Presentation
Many of us will have used a social network at one point. But did you read the terms and conditions? Not many have according to the research conducted by Team Social who set out to make the terms and conditions of a popular social networking app comprehensible and engaging to the app’s popular user group of teenagers. Team Social conducted independent and insightful research, applied the end-user design techniques they learn from Day 1 of the Legal Design Sprint and developed a full storyboard of the app’s terms and conditions.
Team Social was declared the winning team from this year’s Legal Design Sprint by the panel of judges.
Legal Design is still making its way into the public eye, and organisations are beginning to explore legal design solutions to help their clients and end users better understand contracts and important legal information. This Legal Design Sprint demonstrates that law students have the ability and motivation to drive legal design forward.
Following the success of this year’s Legal Design Sprint, we are looking forward to 2019 and additional events to help provide the public with greater access to justice through legal design. For more information on future events, please contact Matthew Terrell and Emily Allbon.
A huge thank you!
Finally, we would like to thank everyone who supported this event including:
Sandrine Herbert-Razafinjato and James Steiner from Method, Phil Richards from Jisc, Claire Stripp and David Harris from Browne Jacobson LLP, Caroline Sipos from The City Law School, the team at Janders Dean International, Daniel Hoadley from the ICLR, Dr. Liz Dowthwaite from University of Nottingham, Andrew Maynard from Ruby Datum, Peter Bradley and Alan Wylie from Citizens Advice, Richard Mabey from Juro, Clemence Tanzi and Omefe Uduebor from qLegal, and everyone who attended including all the fantastic students!
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Tweets from the day:
— Lekhika (@lekhikaaaa) September 7, 2018
— Matt (@JustisMatt) September 7, 2018
— Daniel Hoadley (@DanHLawReporter) September 6, 2018
I now know how contestants feel in *insert business/entrepreneurial/creative competition* whilst waiting for judges to deliberate… Such a fun Day 2 and incredible experience all round – Here’s to 4 AMAZING teams! 🍾🥂👏 #LegalDesignSprint2018 @JustisMatt @lawbore pic.twitter.com/WTfs1wYl05
— Jade-Amanda Laporte (@ladyjadeamanda) September 6, 2018
Down at @CityUniLondon today for Justis #legaldesign sprint. Really excited to see the result of what the students have been working on for a month. #accesstojustice #legal #design pic.twitter.com/3Lgw21ZD0d
— qLegal (@qLegal_) September 6, 2018
— Jess Brown (@JessicaCEBrown) September 6, 2018
A huge thank you to everyone who supported and took part in the Legal Design Sprint. It’s always a pleasure to be surrounded by so many talented and motivated individuals 🎉👏🏻 #LegalDesign2018 @lawbore pic.twitter.com/FkxMPOraBA
— Matt (@JustisMatt) September 7, 2018