The civil legal system promises justice for all, but in reality, that promise is not being delivered. Barriers to entry, power imbalances, and flawed processes inhibit the civil legal system from working as it should. Marginalized populations are most likely to be excluded from effective use of the civil legal system. In the midst of this system failure, how can innovation and technology unlock the promise of equal justice?
The Innovation for Justice (i4J) program exposes students to the justice gap, engages students in thinking critically about the power of technology and innovation to close that gap, and empowers students to be disruptive problem-solvers in the changing world of legal services. Students will work across disciplines and with government, private and community partners, implementing design thinking and systems thinking to create new models of legal empowerment.
“The experiential learning model and the ability to brainstorm and create actual solutions sets I4J apart from a typical law class. Being able to engage with problems in the civil legal system in practice (rather than only in theory) was an impactful way to learn."
-University of Arizona Law student Kylie Allen