The Innovation for Justice program includes three courses, as well as a variety of extracurricular opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students across campus.
Graduate Course: Innovation for Justice
Fall -- Innovation for Justice: Law 672. This project-based course exposes the ways in which America’s civil legal system fails to provide justice for all, explores innovations targeted at addressing that systemic failure, and empowers students to design and launch solutions to the justice gap. Topics include: the constitutional underpinnings of our right to access our legal system; poverty in our community; the civil legal needs of low- and moderate-income Americans; how the design of our legal system inhibits equal access; the access to justice movement; how technological innovations are changing the legal system; and methodologies for innovating and improving the civil legal system. In 2019-2020, the Innovation for Justice program will partner with Harvard Law's Systemic Justice Project and Duke University School of Law in a multiple jurisdiction, interdisciplinary collaboration examining the complex needs of human trafficking survivors and exploring innovative ways to spark social change.
Undergraduate / Graduate Combined Course: Innovating Legal Services
Spring -- Innovating Legal Services, Law 672A. The majority of Americans can’t afford to hire counsel when confronted with a civil legal need. As a result, they attempt to navigate the civil legal system without representation, or simply do not engage with the system at all. What are the societal implications of that system failure, and what can we do to change the status quo? Each semester, the course will focus on a particular avenue of legal service and explore what’s working and what’s not, with the goal of generating creative solutions. Guest participants from the community will be invited to work with students in problem identification and solution building. In Spring 2019, this course will be co-taught by incoming State Bar President Jeffrey Willis.
Undergraduate Course: Visualizing Justice
Spring -- Visualizing Justice, LAW/ART 360. This is a 3-credit, interdisciplinary course that combines legal, art and design concepts to explore: (1) what are legal rights; (2) how do we communicate legal rights; (3) how do we navigate legal processes; (4) how can art and design inform how legal rights and legal information are conveyed, in order to empower people and make legal systems more accessible and navigable? This course is co-taught by associate art professor Kelly Leslie.
Leadership in Legal Innovation
The Leadership in Legal Innovation course provides an opportunity for students who have completed an entry-level course within the Innovation for Justice Program to advance their understanding of and skills in legal innovation. Students in this course will play a leadership role within the program in one of two ways: (1) active participation as a leader and mentor in an ongoing entry-level Innovation for Justice course, mentoring students who are new to the program and assisting in facilitating of class activities and community engagement; or (2) active participation as a project leader for an ongoing Innovation for Justice project, participating in research and collaborating with the program director, peers and community stakeholders to advance the work of the Innovation for Justice Program.