The Innovation for Justice Program (i4J) is a social justice innovation lab that designs, builds, and tests disruptive solutions to the justice gap.
Housed at both the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Utah Eccles School of Business, i4J is the nation’s first and only cross-jurisdiction + cross-discipline legal innovation lab. i4J applies design- and systems-thinking methodologies to expose inequalities in the justice system and create new, replicable, and scalable strategies for legal empowerment.
As an interdisciplinary community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, and collaborators, i4J applies design- and systems-thinking methodologies to expose inequalities in the justice system and create new, replicable strategies for legal empowerment.
i4J's action-based research engages lived experience experts and diverse stakeholders in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors to advance fair and equitable dispute resolution through systems-level change at both service and policy levels.
Students who participate in i4J classes and projects are prepared to lead with empathy, check their assumptions, creatively problem-solve, test new ideas, embrace and learn from failure, iterate and co-create solutions, and engage in data-driven decision-making.
“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